CONGRATULATIONS to MUIR ARCHITECTURE and OPENWORK, winners of the NGV’s 2018 Architecture Commission for their project titled “Doubleground”.
Inspired by key architectural elements of Sir Roy Grounds’s iconic NGV International building, the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission will transform the NGV Garden by literally raising sections of the landscape and creating chasm-like passageways for visitors to explore between the tilted embankments.
Amy Muir drew from memories of visiting the NGV as a young child to create a digital collage that uses architectural components from NGV International for the design blueprint.
Including a canyon-like corridor, which references the triangular patterns of the NGV’s façade and glass wall of the Great Hall, the installation will also feature a decking area that recalls Grounds’s timber design for the Gallery foyer and a bamboo garden inspired by the building’s original Bamboo Court courtyard.
“The 2018 Architecture Commission provides an intervention that challenges the role of the NGV Garden. Acknowledging the intent and architectural language of the original Roy Grounds building, the Commission seeks to bring the memories of place back into play. We hope that the commission will allow visitors to see the NGV Garden in a new way,” Amy Muir.
MUIR Architecture is the practice of RMIT Architecture Lecturer and AIA Victorian Chapter President Amy Muir.
Openwork is the practice of RMIT Architecture Professor (Urbanism) – Industry Fellow Mark Jacques.
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