Tomorrow twenty six of the 242 entries into UC’s The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition will be on display in a new exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design.
The Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition was a Centenary of Canberra initiative by the University and the Gallery of Australian Design, which invited Australian designers to submit their ideas for a brand new official residence for the prime minister at Attunga Point on the south bank of Lake Burley Griffin.
The exhibition features a number of models including of the winning design by Jack Davies and team members Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens and the third-placed design by Monica Earl and Mr Moore.
Ms Pegrum said the competition had been a resounding success.
“The primary purpose of the competition was to start a national conversation around the need for a new prime minister’s residence. Design solutions were sought that would spark the national imagination and stimulate debate throughout Australia – and the entries we’ve received have certainly done this,” she said.
“The overwhelming response to the competition, with 242 designs submitted, is a clear demonstration that Australians appreciate the significance of the official residence of the prime minister and its symbolic role in Australian design and culture.
“While there are no plans at this time for a new residence, the competition jury noted that the current Lodge is extremely unsatisfactory and that there is an obvious need for a new development that suited the work and the standing of the Prime Minister and that also evoked Australian lifestyles and values.”
Also on show will be the second place-winning design by Alan Pert and team members from Nord architecture/landscape firm (Brian McGinlay, Helen-Anne Love, Mark Bell and Rod Kemsley) and Atelier 10 environmental /structures firm as well as Canberra designer Narendra Kaley’s commended entry
Check out our previous story on the competition for info about the winners.