oRAH cultural precinct design competition

Concept designs for a new cultural destination of world significance on the oRAH site on North Terrace will be unveiled to the public today.

The centrepiece of the Marshall Government’s vision for the precinct is a new cultural landmark, unique in Australia, showcasing the national Aboriginal cultural collections held by South Australia.

Before the election the former government initiated an international design competition for the establishment of an Adelaide Contemporary Gallery. Six top international and Australian design teams were shortlisted last December and their designs have now been submitted.

The 3D concept models will be on public display from today at the Art Gallery of South Australia and a winning design will be decided by a competition jury which will meet from 15-16 May.

The competition jury is made up of nine eminent figures from the arts, architecture, culture and business, and their deliberations will bring to a close this stage of the project initiated by the former government.

“We want to create on the oRAH site one of the most significant new arts and cultural destinations of 21st century Australia,” said Premier Steven Marshall.

“Our plan will provide a national focal point for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultures as well as new spaces for major exhibitions, and the opportunity to unlock the hidden treasures of South Australia’s cultural institutions.

“This truly unique and ground-breaking precinct is destined to become a beacon of artistic, cultural and architectural excellence internationally as a culmination of the long-held plans of the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia to better showcase their collections.

“The precinct is envisaged as an important economic driver for tourism and business investment creating new jobs and inspiring spin-off business initiatives.”

The Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition attracted entries from 107 teams made up of 525 individual firms from five continents, each with an Australian component.

The shortlisted teams are:
• Adjaye Associates (London, UK) and BVN (Sydney, Australia)
• BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, Denmark) and JPE Design Studio (Adelaide, Australia)
• David Chipperfield Architects (London, UK) and SJB Architects (Sydney, Australia)
• Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York, USA) and Woods Bagot (Adelaide, Australia)
• HASSELL (Melbourne, Australia) and SO-IL (New York, USA)
• Khai Liew (Adelaide, Australia), Office of Ryue Nishizawa (Tokyo, Japan) and Durbach Block Jaggers (Sydney, Australia)

The competition jury comprises:

• Michael Lynch AO CBE (Chair), Chair of the Sydney Community Foundation and Chair of Circa
• Lisa Slade, Assistant Director of Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia
• Tracey Whiting, Chair of the Art Gallery of South Australia Board
• Toshiko Mori, Founder and Principal of Toshiko Mori Architect and Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
• Walter Hood, Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio
• Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
• David Knox, Deputy Chair of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and Member of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation Committee
• Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, Managing Director at L-AB & Associates and Executive, Aboriginal Strategy at the South Australian Film Corporation
• Sally Smart, Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and renowned contemporary artist