Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds is a groundbreaking exhibition that features the work of Dutch artist M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo.
Through her poetic images, Israeli architectural photographer Erieta Attali explores the relationship between architecture and landscape, interrogating how the context and surrounding terrain of a building form part of a two-way dialogue. Attali is a master at revealing the natural within the manmade, depicting architecture as a feature of nature.
Projects by some of the world’s leading architects are revealed in this thought-provoking exhibition that focuses on the way Attali infects her images with details from nature and in doing so communicates a fundamental aspect of architecture – to encourage humankind to re-orient and centre itself through architectural responses.
2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the National Gallery of Victoria’s relocation from the site of the State Library in Swanston Street to St Kilda Road. The new NGV building designed by Sir Roy Grounds opened in August 1968, providing a new permanent home for the NGV’s renowned collection and a location for temporary exhibitions.
The anniversary is being celebrated across NGV International through a series of displays which bring into focus stories of the building’s commission and architectural features, including Grounds’s architectural sketches, the Leonard French stained glass ceiling, interior furnishings by Mary and Grant Featherston, and reproductions of fashion photography staged in the Great Hall by Henry Talbot and Bruno Benini.
MPavilion 2018 will be a protected space for social activities within the city but also a place to experience with all the senses. The pavilion establishes a relationship with nature and the surrounding park, where we will feel the sun’s path through the game of shadows created by the pavilion’s skin, and where on rainy days we see the water run through its transparent roofing.
Like an origami folding, two surfaces of timber latticework bend and intersect with themselves to form a roof. Between the latticework, a transparent layer of polycarbonate protects us from the rain. The structure, made out of metal profiles, allows a fast construction and an easy reconstruction on another site, as it is a temporal intervention.
The altered topography forms three mounds that incorporate tiered seating and create the atmosphere of cover (with storage within). From the tiered seating we enjoy the social activities offered by the foundation, never losing sight of the fact that we are in the middle of a magnificent park.
We will be inside the pavilion, but always feeling as if we are also on a balcony facing nature, and connecting with the surrounding community.
We’re heading to Bendigo on the weekend of 27+28 October 2018!
In addition to the city’s significant architectural heritage, Bendigo is experiencing rapid growth and major development in the built environment. Open House Bendigo aims to give permission for everyone to exchange views and engage in the discussion about the future of Bendigo as a well-designed city.
The full program of over 20 buildings along with a series of talks and public programs will be announced at the offical launch in early October. Save the date and book your accommodation now with Bendigo Tourism.
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Melbourne firm MUIR architecture and landscape architecture studio OPENWORK will present a collage of dramatic structural landscapes for the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission, inspired by key architectural elements of Sir Roy Grounds iconic NGV International building.
The winning proposal entitled Doubleground draws from the façade forms, timber linings and internal courtyards of Grounds’ 1960s design, resulting in a multi-level installation that offers new vistas and perspectives for visitors to experience the NGV Garden.
Doubleground will include an evocative passageway, which references the triangular patterns of the NGV’s roof and glass wall of the Great Hall. The installation will also feature seating elements drawn from the geometry of the NGV façade, a decking area that recalls Grounds’ timber design for the Gallery foyer and a bamboo garden inspired by the building’s original Bamboo Court courtyard.
Doubleground was selected as the winning concept for the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission for its collaborative and multi-disciplinary design approach, which promotes the positive relationship between architecture, landscape and civic space.
The NGV Architecture Commission is an annual open competition, which asks architects to consider innovative ways to activate one of Melbourne’s great civic spaces, the NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden, with a thought-provoking work of temporary architecture. The NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition process was developed and delivered by CityLab.
The NGV Architecture Commission is a component of the State Government’s annual Victorian Design Program.
The 2018 NGV Architecture Commission is supported by RMIT University and The Hugh D.T. Williamson Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees.