Adelaide Contemporary

An international search is underway to find a world-class design team for the proposed Adelaide Contemporary project. 

Adelaide Contemporary will transform part of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site into a new landmark building and public space that will interweave art, education, people and nature through a sculpture park and accessible community meeting places. The building will be designed to be at the leading edge in sustainability and place making. It will be a landmark for the city and a model of cultural activity, bringing new energy to Adelaide and demonstrating South Australia’s innovation and international arts profile.

The State Government has committed $1.9 million to the international competition, which will include the selection of a design team for this ambitious project. Malcolm Reading Consultants, one of the world’s leading architectural competition firms, is managing the competition process.

Key dates
Shortlist announced - mid December 2017
Stage Two submission deadline - mid April 2018
Public exhibition – late April 2018
Winner announced - June 2018

The high-profile shortlisted teams, who all include international and Australian collaborations, include:

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)
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York, USA) and Woods Bagot (Adelaide, Australia)
HASSELL (Melbourne, Australia) and SO-IL (New York, USA)
Khai Liew (Adelaide, Australia), Office of Ryue Nishizawa (Tokyo, Japan) and Durbach Block Jaggers (Sydney, Australia)

Questions about the competition can be addressed to:

Visit the competition page

image: Adelaide Contemporary: Façade of SAHMRI © Sam Noonan / Del Kathryn Barton, RED, 2016 / North Terrace © John Gollings / Kulata Tjuta Project, 2017

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