NGV’s 2018 Architecture Commission ‘Doubleground’ by MUIR + OPENWORK
Unveiled last week at an intimate Australian Architecture and Design industry gathering, Doubleground, a design collaboration between MUIR + OPENWORK, is the winning proposal for NGV’s fourth annual architecture commission. Transforming NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden, tilted embankments, chasm-like passageways and raised sections of landscape envelop the site-specific temporary architecture. The piece draws key architectural elements of Sir Roy Grounds’ iconic NGV international building, forming a timely homage on the buildings fiftieth anniversary.
Complementing the work, NGV’s pre-existing Tait Volley chairs, loungers and tables designed by leading Australian designer, Adam Goodrum, were refurbished to an earthy copper powder coat colour. Providing the perfect vantage point to take in each aspect of the layered and dimensional design, Tait’s Volley pieces are positioned at various points throughout the work. Embodying sophisticated landscaping and architectural materiality, angular matte black vertical structures meet meadow-like, luscious grass embankments. Reddish-clay brick paved areas marry harmoniously with the coppery warmth of the Tait Volley pieces, softened by an adjacent joy-inducing garden bed sporting wild, spring-time blooms in canary yellow.
Referencing the triangular patterns of the NGV’s façade and glass of the Great Hall, a canyon-like corridor and decking area recall Grounds’ timber design for the Gallery Foyer. Leading through the work, a surprising bamboo garden set against a bed of pebbles references the original Bamboo Court courtyard of the building. Amy Muir, Director, MUIR said, ‘The 2018 Architecture Commission provides an intervention that challenges the role of the NGV Garden. Acknowledging the intent and architectural language of the original Roy Grounds building, the Commission seeks to bring the memories of place back into play. We hope that the commission will allow visitors to see the NGV Garden in a new way.’
The NGV Architecture Commission is a component of the State Government’s annual Victorian Design Program and will be on display at NGV International from November 2018 to April 2019. Entry is FREE. For more information about the NGV Architecture Commission, visit NGV.MELBOURNE.