July 22, 2018

Diller Scofidio and Renfro and Woods Bagot win Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition


Acclaimed New York architects with leading Adelaide practice convince jury with concept design to create a dynamic new art space on Adelaide’s celebrated North Terrace 

Arts South Australia and competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants announced 5 June 2018 that the team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US) with Woods Bagot (Australia) has won the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition.

The winning team’s concept design reconciled the brief for a dynamic people-friendly new place with a skilfully-organised gallery, while also incorporating a performance lab, a dramatic ‘Super Lobby’, floating top-floor sky galleries and a suspended rooftop garden. The garden, inspired by ‘Minkunthi’, the Kaurna word ‘to relax’, would display the planting of a pre-colonised South Australian landscape, linking the idea of the contemporary to Kaurna ecological and cultural history.

The building was described by the team in their presentation as a charismatic soft beacon on North Terrace that would reflect the sky by day and, at night, glow with galleries – allowing visitors to glimpse the art collection as they passed the building outside formal opening hours and, in this sense, ‘giving the art back to the city’.

The nine-strong international jury, chaired by Michael Lynch AO CBE, found the concept design to be resonant to Adelaide, and its famous festival culture, promising to create spectacle and attract new audiences with dynamic, multipurpose spaces while also displaying a sound understanding of current art practice and offering a flexible but distinctive gallery configuration on a nine-square model.

The decision follows a seven-month global search for an outstanding team to design a new cultural destination on part of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital (oRAH) site. The competition attracted submissions from 107 teams made up of circa 525 individual firms from five continents.

The new gallery and public sculpture park is envisaged as one of the most significant new arts initiatives of 21st-century Australia, providing 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 State collections.

Peter Louca, executive director of Arts South Australia, said: “I’d like to join the jury in thanking all six finalist teams for their high calibre presentations and congratulate Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Woods Bagot on their inspired design.

The overwhelming global attention this process has invited from design, creative and infrastructure leaders and the world’s media has put the creation of Adelaide’s next great cultural destination on the international map.

This was reflected in the high calibre of teams and proposals which challenged the international jury.”

Michael Lynch AO CBE, chair of the jury and the Art Gallery of South Australia Board’s special advisor, said: “The winning team’s concept design responds to this once-in-a-generation opportunity for a landmark building in the heart of the city, positioned on the edge of the Botanic Garden. In a city famous for its festivals, the design creates a new place that embraces art in all of its forms and appeals to a broad audience, both local and international.

“The design foregrounds South Australia’s exceptional collections and capitalises on the momentum of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s recent successes in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

“The jury was impressed by the winning team’s assured understanding of the future of art, performance and 21st-century programming, as well as its flair for placemaking.

“It was an inspired insight by the winning team to conceive the building stepping down along the topography of the site and so creating a genuine connection to site and Country, respectful to the Kaurna people as well as integrating the Botanic Garden into the design.”

Malcolm Reading, competition director, said: “The competition centred on healing Adelaide’s civic realm: the former hospital created a physical disconnect between the cultural boulevard and the Botanic Gardens – what better way to connect the two than by using art?

“The winning scheme is tightly-engineered, works the site hard, but is also a lot of fun. It has the potential to speak to new generations who are developing their own cultural identity, and offer a new focus for the city, much needed as Adelaide continues to grow and flourish.

“We would like to thank everyone who followed and entered the competition, and especially the five runners-up. There has been huge international interest – this is a moment for Adelaide.”

New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading practices, famous for its role in creating the High Line in New York; the Broad contemporary art museum in Los Angeles; The Shed, New York’s first multi-arts centre; and the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The Adelaide win follows DS+R’s success last month in an international competition for the design of a new V&A collection and research centre to be located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Woods Bagot, a leading Australian design firm, founded in Adelaide, has attracted global attention with its innovative SAHMRI building in Adelaide, and has developed its international profile by delivering projects for Apple and Google.

The winning concept design can be viewed on the competition website at competitions.malcolmreading.com/adelaidecontemporary/shortlist

The runner-up teams were (in alphabetical order): 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); HASSELL (Melbourne, Australia) and SO-IL (New York, USA); and Khai Liew (Adelaide, Australia), Office of Ryue Nishizawa (Tokyo, Japan) and Durbach Block Jaggers (Sydney, Australia).

Adelaide is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and the project site, close to the Art Gallery of South Australia and part of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site, is rich in Kaurna heritage.

All the finalist schemes went on show to the public on 12 May in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia that runs until 10 June; they are also available to view online through the competition website. The website received more than 242,000 page views from users in 148 countries during the process.

The competition was run by independent organisers, Malcolm Reading Consultants, in accordance with the procurement and major project requirements of the Government of South Australia; the Conditions for the second stage of the competition were formally endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Bennett Architectural begin work at Manchester Health Academy


Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have been chosen to supply and install doors, windows and curtain walling for the £10m expansion of Manchester Health Academy.

The Wythenshawe-based Academy was selected by Manchester City Council to expand its student population, with numbers predicted to rise from 750 to 1100 students by 2022.

This expansion will see the addition of new dining room extension, multi-use games are and an FA standard all-weather pitch for students and community use.

Lionel Grant, managing director at Bennett Architectural commented: “Our team brings a wealth of experience of working in the Education sector and we have no doubt we will help to create another excellent facility for students at Manchester Health Academy.”

Mr. Green, principal of the Manchester Health Academy added: “I am delighted with the way the Academy’s expansion is coming to fruition. These new facilities will provide our students with an excellent environment that will optimise their learning experience, whilst providing our teaching team with state-of-the-art tools to succeed.”

The expansion of Manchester Health Academy will open in September 2018.

Video link – Behind the scenes of Manchester Health Academy expansion – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfEVKHKKD84

Conservation Design Forum makes key promotions


As the ecological design firm Conservation Design Forum Inc. (CDF) enters its 25th year the firm is proud to announce the elevation of key staff to leadership positions.

Conservation Design Forum named Tom Price, PE as managing partner. Price will be taking over from founder, Jim Patchett, to lead CDF into its next chapter. Price will continue to serve as director of civil and water resources disciplines. Since joining the firm in 2000, Price has overseen the close integration of water-sensitive engineering into CDF’s work.

“As CDF’s new managing partner, I intend to strengthen our partnerships with clients and colleagues, expand green infrastructure applications and increase CDF’s role as thought leaders in the formation of policy to address natural resource enhancement and climate change,” said Price.

Jason Cooper, ASLA has been promoted to director of landscape architecture and planning. Since 2006, Cooper has been studio director and actively engaged in the firm’s management. “I plan to work closely with staff to uphold the philosophy of restorative design for every client,” said Cooper.

Jonathan Lawrence, a registered landscape architect with over 12 years of experience, was promoted to senior associate. Additional new members to CDF staff include Brooke Poppe, EIT, a Project Engineer, and Ry’yan Clark, ASLA who joined the firm in May as a landscape designer.

Jim Patchett, FASLA, CDF’s founder and president is stepping down from his management of the firm to focus on special project initiatives and business development efforts. Patchett will continue to support research and educational outreach—a core mission of CDF since its inception in 1994. While continuing to serve as an inspiration to staff and clients, Jim looks forward to devoting time to developing a book concept that has been more than 15 years in the making.


Have a say on the LI’s new visualisation guidance


Visualisation feedback on the latest draft Technical Information Note (TIN) sought from members and non-members alike by 29 June

The Landscape Institute has published the public consultation draft of its updated photography and photomontage guidance.

Photographs and photomontages often support planning applications. In this context, they are technical information. They may or may not supplement a landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA), and are crucial to the communication of potential landscape and visual effects. Practitioners should therefore use photography and photomontage in a technically appropriate manner.

Find out more about photography and photomontage.

The new guidance, reissued for 2018, has been produced by the Visualisation Guidance Review Steering Group. The steering group is keen to hear views on the draft guidance, and welcomes contributions from members and non-members alike.

Feedback can be sent via email to Bill Blackledge CMLI, chair of the Steering Group, by 29 June 2018.

Landscape Institute announce new categories and application process


The Landscape Institue’s #LIAwards2018 team has announced a number of exciting changes to this year’s Awards. This year, two new categories have been added. One is the first to be open to individuals and organisations globally. The other will showcase the industry’s most innovative and beautiful horticulture projects.

In addition, the awards submissions process has been simplified. In line with LI‘s ‘digital first’ strategy, the process has been moved mostly online. This is believed to make entering the awards easier, particularly for smaller practices.

The new awards website will go live on Monday 4 June. The registration and submissions windows will open simultaneously, and run until Tuesday 31 July.

New Landscape Institute Awards categories for 2018

Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature

Dame Sylvia Crowe (1901-1997) was one the landscape profession’s foremost leaders. Throughout a distinguished career, she handled landscapes of hugely diverse scales – from small garden details to hundreds of acres of new towns, forestry and reservoir margins.

The Dame Sylvia Crowe Award is the first to be open to individuals and organisations globally. It seeks to:

  • Reward excellence and leadership in the worldwide field of landscape and place.
  • Recognise the global reach of the landscaping profession.
  • Celebrate major achievements that benefit people, place and nature through landscape led-approaches. 

Dame Sylvia Crowe was president of the Institute of Landscape Architects (now the Landscape Institute) between 1957 and 1959. She was active in promoting the profession internationally through a number of landscape organisations.

Planting design, horticulture and strategic ecology

This category showcases established planting schemes and horticultural projects that contribute to the art and science of landscape architecture. This may include a range of sites, either standalone or part of a larger project.

Successful entries will be:

  • Innovative and appropriate to the setting.
  • Creative, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Schemes should demonstrate environmental, ecological and/or educational responsibility.

Full list of open LI Awards categories in 2018

  • Adding Value Through Landscape
  • Communications and Presentation
  • Design for a Small-Scale Development
  • Design for a Medium-Scale Development
  • Design for a Large-Scale Development
  • Design for a Temporary Landscape
  • Heritage and Conservation
  • Science, Management and Stewardship
  • Landscape Policy and Research
  • Local Landscape Planning
  • Strategic Landscape Planning
  • Urban Design and Masterplanning
  • Planting Design, Horticulture and Strategic Ecology
  • Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature
  • Client of the Year Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • New Landscape Professional of the Year Award

Key dates

  • 4 June – 31 July: Registration and online submissions
  • 22 November: Awards ceremony and dinner.