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NGV exhibits proposals for The Fox: NGV Contemporary Design Competition

NGV exhibits proposals for The Fox: NGV Contemporary Design Competition


The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is displaying all eight designs entered into The Fox: NGV Contemporary Design Competition, including the winning design by Angelo Candalepas and Associates.

The Fox: NGV Contemporary Design Competition exhibition celebrates “the extraordinary creativity, innovation and collaborative spirit that empowered each proposed design for Australia’s largest gallery of contemporary art and design,” says the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Featuring architectural drawings, renders, material prototypes, video presentations, the exhibition focuses on material developed and submitted within the competition process.

The competition offered a career-defining opportunity to design and build a new Victorian landmark.

The Fox: NGV Contemporary Design Competition included a two-part Expression of Interest (EOI) and a two-part design competition. 

Installation view of Field’s Stage One concept.

During the EOI process, competitor teams were asked to define task appreciation, methodology, team, track record and risk compliance. Teams were also asked to demonstrate their capabilities in architecture, interior design, urban design, and landscape architecture, as well as sustainability and engineering services disciplines. 

At the completion of the EOI process, eight competitor teams progressed to the first stage of the design competition. Competitor teams participating in the first stage of the design competition presented an initial design concept and four designs were shortlisted. 

The four shortlisted competitor teams progressed to the second stage of the design competition. Competitor teams participating in the second stage of the design competition further developed their design concepts.

In March 2022, the team led by Angelo Candalepas and Associates was selected following a nation-wide competition to appoint an Australian architectural team to design the new building.

“In an unprecedented move for a competition of this scale and civic profile, the competition was open exclusively to Australian design teams, acknowledging the depth and dynamism of Australian design talent,” says the NGV.

“With each team responding to the same brief – a bold vision for a contemporary gallery of the 21st century – the diversity of ideas and strategies submitted provide a unique insight into architectural thinking and the design process.”

The exhibition also highlights the importance of design competitions as a productive and innovative way to obtain architecture.

Divided into two sections, The Fox: NGV Contemporary Design Competition exhibition features Stage One, which showcases design materials from all eight architectural teams, while Stage Two provides depth on the proposals presented by the four shortlisted teams: Angelo Candalepas and Associates, Field, John Wardle Architects, and Open Weave.

NGV director Tony Ellwood AM says the design competition presented the NGV with an “extraordinary opportunity to support our country’s [Australia] design and architecture sector.”

“This important exhibition creates a vital platform that enables all eight competition teams to continue to share their vision for The Fox: NGV Contemporary with audiences.”

The eight exhibition architectural teams include:

Angelo Candalepas and Associates

Angelo Candalepas and Associates, Aspect Studios, Andy Fergus Design Strategy, Carr Interiors, Richard Stampton, BoardGrove Architects, Steensen Varming, Mott MacDonald, TTW, Affinity Fire Engineering, Freeman Ryan Design, AX Interactive, Art of Fact.

Bates Smart and Smart Design Studio

Bates Smart, Smart Design, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, studioplusthree, Arup, Eckersley O’Callaghan, Steensen Varming, Studio Ongarato Design.

Installation of The Melbourne Cultural Collective’s Stage One concept.

Denton Corker Marshall and Kerstin Thompson Architects

Denton Corker Marshall, Kerstin Thompson Architects, SBLA Studio, Tellart B.V., Tiiamanno Consultants, Arup, Buro North.


Architectus, Edition Office, Durbach Block Jaggers, Openwork, Daniel Browning, Karen Milward, Lovell Chen, WSP, Finding Infinity, Surface Design, Speirs Major, Art Processors.

JCB Stutchbury Clare

Jackson Clements Burrows, Clare Design, Peter Stutchbury, Site Office Landscape Architecture, Design Urban, TTW, Aurecon, Flux Consultants.

John Wardle Architects

John Wardle Architects, OCULUS, Pierce Widera, Searle x Waldron Architecture, Greenshoot Consulting, Hecker Guthrie, Hodyl & Co, Atelier Ten, WSP, Steensen Varming, Fabio Ongarato Design, Phillip Chun, L’Observatoire International, Mott MacDonald.

Open Weave’s Stage Two concept.

The Melbourne Cultural Collective

ARM Architecture, Woods Bagot, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Sibling Architecture, Studio Adrien Gardere, Grumpy Sailor, Boon Wurrung Foundation, 4D Workshop, Norman Disney & Young, Buro Happold, Marshall Day Acoustics, Electrolight Australia, One Mile Grid, Movement Strategies, MGAC Victoria, PLP Building Surveyors and Consultants.

Open Weave

Grimshaw, Winwood Mckenzie, Baracco Wright, McGregor Coxall Australia, Foolscap, Relative Projects, 20-20 Studio, Flux Consultants, AECOM, Eckersley O’Callaghan, 2X4 Inc, Paul Memmott.

The Fox: NGV Contemporary Design Competition is on display until 5 February 2023 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square.

Lead image of installation of Angelo Candalepas and Associate’s Stage Two concept for The Fox: NGV Contemporary Design Competition exhibition. All photography by Sean Fennessy.

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