Project DescriptionLive judging of the WAF awards took place during the largest global celebration of architecture - the World Architecture Festival, which culminated with a gala dinner and awards’ ceremony today at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
The design team was shortlisted for a competition to envision the future renovation and expansion of the gallery. The competition brief asked that the proposal bring a ‘downtown’ presence to the museum’s suburban location and more vibrancy on the street, all without overwhelming the site or removing the existing trees.
The project was selected by the festival’s super-jury, comprising a selection of the world’s leading architects and designers, including Sir Peter Cook, Kai Uwe Bergman, Michael Rayner, Richard Francis Jones and Maria Warner Wong.
Commending the winning project on behalf of the festival’s super-jury, Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said “The jury was unanimous that that the Art Gallery of Victoria is a project that embodies the future – both in terms of creating an intimate yet radical response to its suburban Victorian setting as well as being a beacon of what is to come from its authors.”