NGV Contemporary to delight by design

Published: 13 May 2022

Aerial view of a building's exterior surrounded by lush gardens

Australia’s largest museum of contemporary art and design is in the making.

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Contemporary will amaze visitors with its striking architecture.

It’s being designed by an Australian team, led by Angelo Candalepas and Associates, which was chosen in a nationwide competition.

The museum will be at 77 Southbank Boulevard in Melbourne. It will feature 13,000 square metres of display space, crowned with a rooftop restaurant.

The winning proposal includes unique and flexible gallery spaces. These spaces will host major exhibitions and works of an unprecedented scale.

It has arched entries and an expansive rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of Melbourne’s CBD, parklands and beyond the Yarra Ranges.

NGV Contemporary will exhibit local, national and international contemporary artists and designers. It will become a year-round haven for lovers of contemporary art, fashion, design and architecture.

Inside an art gallery with people viewing a large skull display

Katrina Sedgwick, inaugural CEO of Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co), said the new gallery will draw people into the wider precinct.

“NGV Contemporary is going to be absolutely stunning – a real jewel in Melbourne’s cultural crown,” she said.

NGV contemporary is part of the transformation of the Melbourne Arts Precinct. It sits amid 18,000 square metres of public space. The area incorporates the Arts Centre Melbourne and Australia’s most visited art gallery, NGV International on St Kilda Road.

Visitors to the precinct will see iconic architecture, music and creative studios. Creative spaces will be available for outdoor art and performances.

“This project is a once-in-a-generation transformation of the arts precinct. It will deliver new public space, better theatres, the largest contemporary art gallery in Australia, thousands of local jobs, and millions of additional visitors.”

Tony Ellwood AM, the Director of the NGV said NGV Contemporary will form an intrinsic part of Melbourne’s creative and cultural identity.

“NGV Contemporary will be a dynamic cultural hub that all Victorians will be proud to call their own and present an unrivaled opportunity to showcase Australian and international art, design and architectural practice to the world,” said Mr Ellwood.

Before the pandemic, NGV welcomed over three million visitors a year across its two gallery sites on St Kilda Road and Federation Square. With NGV Contemporary, this is expected to increase to four million.

NGV Contemporary will open in 2028.

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