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Above: The Prime Minister’s Lodge, 1950.
The University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design have launched a competition offering $120,000 to design a new Lodge for the Prime Minister. The competition explores projects that may or may not be built, and aims to generate a range of solutions and stimulate discourse about who we are and our expectations for the future.
The Design Ideas competition, set to open on Australia Day next year, will run from 26 January until 31 May 2013 and will give applicants the chance to design a building of important cultural and historical significance. Marking the centenary of the naming of Canberra, the competition aims to demonstrate the creativity and depth of talent of Australia’s designers, and to showcase Canberra as a symbol of Australian identity.
The existing Lodge at 5 Adelaide Avenue in Canberra has been home to 16 of Australia’s 27 prime ministers and their families. With the lodge having been altered and extended numerous times to accommodate its various inhabitants, a new Lodge is now needed to match the opportunities of the future.
If built, the new Lodge will be situated on Lake Burley Griffin. Submissions should propose a unique building that represents national aspirations in the 21st century. The Gallery of Australian Design will mount an exhibition of the submissions in this competition next year.
Competition details and the jury will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit: www.canberra.edu.au/100/calendar/lodge