Adelaide Contemporary International Competition News

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition, South Australia Architecture Contest

Adelaide Contemporary International Competition News

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13 Dec 2017

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition Shortlist

Location: North Terrace Boulevard, Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition Shortlist News

The Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants revealed today (14/13 December 2017) the six teams shortlisted for the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition.

Finalist teams will now receive a further briefing and create concept designs that will be revealed to the public and stakeholders in an exhibition in April in Adelaide, and online, before the competition jury meets in May 2018.

The architect-led teams were the unanimous choice of a selection panel that included representatives of Arts South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Office for Design and Architecture South Australia, and which was chaired by the competition jury chair Michael Lynch AO CBE.

The teams (joint partnerships in alphabetical order by lead consultant with full details in Notes below) are:

Façade of SAHMRI:
Façade of SAHMRI
photo © Sam Noonan

The conditions for stage two of the competition have been formally endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects. The full competition jury is currently being confirmed, and will be announced in early 2018.

The first stage of the competition attracted 107 teams made up of circa 525 individual firms from five continents. The global call for interest was designed to encourage Australian as well as leading international practices – a condition of the competition is partnership with an Australian architecture practice at stage two, which has already been fulfilled by the shortlisted teams.

A new landmark on Adelaide’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide Contemporary will combine a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place. The initiative will be a focus for the city’s cultural energies and create an accessible community meeting place, integrating art, education, nature and people.

Peter Louca, Executive Director, Arts South Australia, said:

“The global interest in the competition is a vote of confidence in Adelaide Contemporary and a heartening indication of Adelaide’s standing worldwide.

“The selection panel had the toughest call – to sift just six teams from a very strong field.”

Nick Mitzevich, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia, said:

“This is an extraordinarily rich list of diverse creative partnerships of architects looking to complement their talents by working with both peers and smaller talented practices. The final decision was very demanding but these are the teams that convinced us through the outstanding quality of their submissions.

“There is a strong thread of Australian professional expertise running through the entire list with Australians taking both equal and collaborative positions.

“The six teams all showed a strong connection with Adelaide – and understood that our aim is not to create an off-the-peg architectural icon but a piece of Adelaide, an entity that will be sustainable and polymathic in the way it enhances the social, cultural and architectural fabric of the city.”

Malcolm Reading, Competition Director, said:

“It is inspiring to see how architects have taken collaboration to heart. If there is any sure route to creating today’s sophisticated cultural buildings then it is by selecting a team that prizes flair and cooperation.

“We are extremely grateful to all those who entered the competition and hope the experience will help them in their future practice.

“Now we look to stage two of the competition and the brief for this unique art destination, which asks for a memorable building, physically and emotionally woven into the place and community. The teams have sixteen weeks to produce their designs and these will go on show to the public in April 2018.”

A site visit for the finalists will be held in January and the teams will have until early April 2018 to produce their concept designs. Each team will receive an honorarium of AU$90,000 for their competition work including their concept design.

The competition brief embraces South Australia’s Industry Participation Policy, to ensure that maximum economic activity is generated locally from project conception through to delivery; and to provide new opportunities for local producers, entrepreneurs and businesses.

The architectural competition will inform the finalisation of a business case and funding approval by the Government of South Australia following the brief development phase.

Adelaide is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and the project site – part of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site – and its surroundings are rich in Kaurna heritage.

The former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, close to the historic Adelaide Botanic Garden and to the acclaimed Art Gallery of South Australia, will undergo a transformation into an innovative, mixed-use contemporary urban quarter, led by Renewal SA, the Government of South Australia’s regeneration agency. Adelaide Contemporary is a key element in the emerging vision.

For further updates please visit the competition website at: Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition News

Details of the public exhibition will follow in April 2018. The winner announcement is anticipated to be in early to mid-June 2018.

1 Dec 2017

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition News

Location: North Terrace Boulevard, Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

ADELAIDE CONTEMPORARY DESIGN COMPETITION DRAWS GLOBAL RESPONSE

Competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants revealed today [01 12 2017] that the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition has attracted 107 teams made up of circa 525 individual firms from five continents.

The global call for interest was designed to encourage Australian as well as leading international practices – a condition of the competition is partnership with an Australian practice at stage two.

Adelaide Contemporary Collage Image:
Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition
Façade of SAHMRI © Sam Noonan / Del Kathryn Barton, RED, 2016 / North Terrace © John Gollings / Kulata Tjuta Project, 2017

The majority of applicants, over a third, are led by Australian practices. Of the rest, over a fifth of entrants came from North America; just under a quarter from mainland Europe; a tenth from Asia (with a strong showing by Japan); and less than a tenth from the United Kingdom. Architects from as far away as Afghanistan, Iran, Scandinavia and China applied to be considered.

From these initial submissions a shortlist of up to six teams will now be selected by a panel chaired by jury chair Michael Lynch AO CBE. The finalists, to be announced in mid-December, will then go on to create concept designs.

A new landmark on Adelaide’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide Contemporary will combine a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place. The initiative will be a focus for the city’s cultural energies and create an accessible community meeting place, integrating art, education, nature and people.

North Terrace Adelaide urban landscape
North Terrace Adelaide urban landscape
photo © John Gollings

Adelaide Contemporary’s world-first Gallery of Time will draw from the State’s collection to place Aboriginal art and culture in conversation with work from European and Asian cultures.

Malcolm Reading, Competition Director, said:

“We are delighted by the response to the competition – it demonstrates the faith shown in the process and this inspirational project.

“Arts South Australia’s aim is to identify an outstanding team for what will be a unique art destination within Australia. We appreciate the interest shown by architects both within Australia and across the world – this is literally a world of choices – and for the selection panel choosing the shortlist will be both daunting and very exciting.

“The quality of teams, of talent, is exceptionally high and includes Pritzker laureates – architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize – as well as Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medallists. But ultimately, teams will be selected on the quality of their submission, their intellectual and aesthetic connection to the project.

“It is heartening to see Australian architects embracing the two stage competition process – this is widely welcomed by the architecture profession in Europe and North America and compliant with international procurement standards – but it is less familiar in Australia.

Image of Adelaide built environment:
Adelaide architecture aerial view
photo © davidwallphoto.com

An open process, which treats all competitors equally and avoids the waste of a one stage design contest, the two-stage approach also meets South Australian major projects procurement requirements.”

At stage two shortlisted teams will need to include an Australian registered architect; the teams will receive an honorarium of AU$90,000 for their competition work including their concept design. The competition brief embraces South Australia’s Industry Participation Policy, to ensure that maximum economic activity is generated locally from project conception through to delivery; and to provide new opportunities for local producers, entrepreneurs and businesses.

Kulata Tjuta Project, 2017:
Kulata Tjuta Project
photo from MRC

The competition will inform the finalisation of a business case and funding approval by the Government of South Australia following the brief development phase.

Adelaide is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and the project site – part of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site – and its surroundings are rich in Kaurna heritage.

The former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, close to the historic Adelaide Botanic Garden and to the acclaimed Art Gallery of South Australia, will undergo a transformation into an innovative, mixed-use contemporary urban quarter, led by Renewal SA, the Government of South Australia’s regeneration agency. Adelaide Contemporary is a key element in the emerging vision.

For further updates please visit the competition website at https://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/adelaidecontemporary/news

The shortlist and competition jury will be announced next month and a public exhibition of the shortlisted teams’ concept designs will be held in Adelaide prior to the jury meeting in May 2018. The designs will also be available to view on the competition website. The public will be able to give feedback, and stakeholders will be invited by Arts South Australia to provide their response.

The winner announcement is anticipated to be in early to mid-June 2018.

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19 Oct 2017

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

Location: North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

Adelaide Contemporary will be a new landmark on the city’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard adjacent to the historic Botanic Garden and close to the parent Gallery.

Del Kathryn Barton, RED, 2016
Del Kathryn Barton, RED, 2016
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