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Designs by Adjaye Associates, BIG, DS+R Released for Adelaide Contemporary Museum

18:10 - 11 May, 2018
Designs by Adjaye Associates, BIG, DS+R Released for Adelaide Contemporary Museum, © Adjaye Associates and BVN / Malcolm Reading Consultants
© Adjaye Associates and BVN / Malcolm Reading Consultants

Arts South Australia has unveiled 6 designs shortlisted in a competition for the Adelaide Contemporary, a new cultural destination in Australia's fifth-most populous city. The shortlist, which was announced in January, features a star-studded list of international practices, pairing some of Australia's most famous firms such as Woods Bagot, HASSELL, and Durbach Block Jaggers with international names such as Adjaye Associates, BIG, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, David Chipperfield Architects, and Ryue Nishizawa.

The Adelaide Contemporary is planned to transform the site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital (oRAH), and will feature exhibition, research, and education spaces situated in a public sculpture park and community meeting place. The museum will also notably host the Gallery of Time, a first-of-its-kind space to exhibit Aboriginal art alongside art from Europe and Asia, inviting visitors to see Australian art in a global context. The six designs are now being displayed in an online gallery created by competition organizer Malcolm Reading Consultants, and in a public exhibition being held in Adelaide at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

© Adjaye Associates and BVN / Malcolm Reading Consultants © David Chipperfield Architects and SJB / Malcolm Reading Consultants © Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot / Malcolm Reading Consultants © HASSELL and SO-IL / Malcolm Reading Consultants + 25

6 Star-Studded Teams Shortlisted in Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition

14:30 - 23 January, 2018
6 Star-Studded Teams Shortlisted in Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition, An aerial view of downtown Adelaide. The University of Adelaide can be seen on the left side of the photo. © Wikimedia user Normangerman at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
An aerial view of downtown Adelaide. The University of Adelaide can be seen on the left side of the photo. © Wikimedia user Normangerman at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Update 1/23/18: The jury for the competition has been announced as the architects arrive on site for walkthroughs.

Six star-studded teams have been shortlisted in the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition, which is seeking to create a new contemporary art museum and public sculpture park on a significant site near the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Botanic Garden in Adelaide, Australia.

Selected from 107 teams made up of over 500 individual firms, the six shortlisted teams were chosen through the “outstanding quality” of their initial submissions and for the complementary strengths of each of the team members.

 “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,” said Nick Mitzevich, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia.

R7 Barangaroo / Durbach Block Jaggers

17:00 - 7 August, 2017
R7 Barangaroo / Durbach Block Jaggers, © Rodrigo Vargas
© Rodrigo Vargas

© Guy Wilkinson © Guy Wilkinson © Anthony Browell © Anthony Browell + 18

Interview with Neil Durbach: “You Don't Want to do the Same Thing Again; You Want to do Better!"

09:30 - 14 December, 2016
Interview with Neil Durbach: “You Don't Want to do the Same Thing Again; You Want to do Better!", Holman House (2004). Image © Peter Bennetts
Holman House (2004). Image © Peter Bennetts

Alongside Camilla Block and David Jaggers, Neil Durbach of Durbach Block Jaggers has carved out a unique place in Australian architecture. Known primarily for their carefully sculpted modernist houses, the firm's architecture is simultaneously rich in architectural references and thoroughly original. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky's “City of Ideas” series, Durbach explains the true inspirations behind their work, why these inspirations have little to do with the public descriptions of their projects, and why for him, the intention of all of his architecture “is to win Corb’s approval.”

Vladimir Belogolovsky: You came to Australia while the Sydney Opera House was still under construction. Does this mean you were here even before going to the US?

Neil Durbach: Yes, I first came to Australia as an exchange student while still in high school.

VB: So you have seen the Opera under construction then. How special was that? Did that building change anything in particular in you?

ND: Well, at that time I wanted to be an artist. A friend took me on a boat to see it. It was kind of staggering... And I thought – you know, this is much more interesting than art. And I felt – maybe architecture is what I should pursue.

Commonwealth Place (2002). Image © John Gollings North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club (2013). Image © John Gollings Roslyn Street (2009). Image © Anthony Browell UTS Thomas St Building (2014). Image © Anthony Browell + 42

North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club / Durbach Block Jaggers + Peter Colquhoun

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club / Durbach Block Jaggers + Peter Colquhoun, Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers
Courtesy of Durbach Block Jaggers

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Roslyn Street Bar-Restaurante / Durbach Block Jaggers

00:00 - 8 March, 2012
Roslyn Street Bar-Restaurante / Durbach Block Jaggers

Roslyn Street Bar-Restaurante / Durbach Block Jaggers Roslyn Street Bar-Restaurante / Durbach Block Jaggers Roslyn Street Bar-Restaurante / Durbach Block Jaggers Roslyn Street Bar-Restaurante / Durbach Block Jaggers + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Potts Point, Sydney, Australia
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Neil Durbach; Camilla Block; David Jaggers; Stefan Heim; Lisa Le Van; Deborah Hodge; Brigitte Thearle
  • Area

    197.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009

Hrdlicka House / Durbach Block Jaggers

00:00 - 17 February, 2012
Hrdlicka House / Durbach Block Jaggers, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman + 13

  • Architects

    Durbach Block Jaggers - Neil Durbach, Camilla Block, Lisa Le Van
  • Location

    Australia
  • Category

  • Landscape Architect

    Sue Barnsley Design
  • Structural Consultant

    Simpson Design Associates
  • Floor Area

    3.500 sqm
  • Site Area

    950 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

The Garden House / Durbach Block Jaggers

00:00 - 25 January, 2012
The Garden House / Durbach Block Jaggers

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