Australia House Design Competition

June 28, 2011

Australian architects challenged to design a new gallery and studio space in rural Japan for the international Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.

A new architecture competition is inviting Australian architects to design an exhibition space for Australian art, to be used for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012 in Japan.

‘Australia House’ is used for art installations during the contemporary international arts festival, which takes place every three years in the mountainous Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture. The building enables Australian artists to work in residence and exhibit their work through exchanges with the local Urada community.

The competition comes after the previous Australia House, an abandoned Japanese farmhouse that had been transformed into an exhibition space in 2009, was severely damaged in the wake of the Japanese earthquake in March 2011. The design competition aims to select a design team for the new Australia House as one of the main art projects for the 2012 Art Triennale. A design that resonates with both Australian and Japanese culture is encouraged.

The small-scale building – up to 130sqm, with a maximum of two storeys – has a small construction budget of JPY20,000,000 (approximately AU$237,000), and will need to integrate several functions into a compact space. The building will serve as a residence, atelier, community centre and exhibition space – and should be conceived of as a piece of art in itself. The design will play an important role within the festival, which aims to revitalise an underpopulated region of rural Japan.

Entries will be judged by Head Juror, Tadao Ando; Tom Heneghan, architect and professor at the Department of Architecture, Tokyo University of the Arts and former Chair of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney; and Fram Kitagawa, General Director of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.

For more information on the competition, application guidelines and submission requirements, go to ["":]

*Entries close on Thursday 15 September 2011*.
*Images courtesy Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee.*

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