The design ideas competition for a new Prime Minister of Australia’s Lodge is open for entry.
As part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design invite designers to participate in a Design Ideas Competition for a new official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
The competition is open to Australian design professionals, design graduates and design students. Multi-disciplinary collaborative teams are encouraged. International entrants must meet the eligibility criteria, or be part of a team including a person who meets the eligibility criteria.
The competition is significant because of the role and cultural value of the Prime Minister’s residence at Australia’s seat of government. It is an exciting competition for a building of national significance, seeking design solutions that will spark the national imagination and stimulate debate throughout Australia.
This is a single stage ideas competition. It will be conducted in accordance with the design brief and competition conditions. Entry to the competition is subject to acceptance of the competition conditions.
The first prize is $80,000 with second and third prizes of $20,000 and $10,000 (Australian Dollars).
Entries will close on 31 May. Register here
The design objectives for this competition are to:
- Propose schematic ideas for a contemporary official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia
- Re-interpret the role of the official residence in the twenty-first century
- Demonstrate a modern and distinctive Australian character
- Demonstrate Australian art, craft and creative directions
- Create an environment in and of the landscape in the spirit of the Walter Burley Griffin design for the capital city
- Represent a sustainable lifestyle responsive to the climate and context
- Provide a place of unity for meeting and for celebration
- Demonstrate the creativity and depth of talent of Australian designers.
The competition has the endorsement of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. The competition is not connected to any agency of the Australian Government or to any Australian political party. The Sponsors are not aware of any intention by the Australian Government to build a new Lodge for the Prime Minister.
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