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Adelaide Contemporary Reveals Woods Bagot and DS+R’s Concept Design for the Slated Arts Destination

May 15, 2018

Arts South Australia, a government agency that supports the work of South Australian artists published the six designs proposed for Adelaide Contemporary, a new cultural and arts destination that will inhabit the site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital along the North Terrace. The concepts are currently on display at the Art Gallery of South Australia from May 12 to June 10.

“Commissioning outstanding architecture is a way Adelaide can say to the world what a fantastic, dynamic city we have, and how deeply creativity is woven into our DNA. We have the art to put in the building; we have the appetite and momentum to make this happen” Michael Lynch, chair of the jury and the Art Gallery of South Australia Board’s newly appointed Special Advisor, said.

For Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and Woods Bagot, Adelaide Contemporary is a new cultural paradigm that places the idea of the “contemporary” within an expanded time frame, linking the deep history of Aboriginal culture, the historical and geographic breadth of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection, the perpetual present of festivals and events, and art into the future. The building is conceived of as a curatorial apparatus tailored to support these juxtapositions of time, geography, scale, and media. A matrix of unique spaces unbound by disciplinary categories range in size, height, infrastructure and light quality, and provide infinite flexibility for work across media. Daylit galleries above and light controlled galleries below are linked by a ground floor Super Lobby - a radically welcoming extension of the city and its gardens. Combining curatorial experimentation with new modes of education anchored by the Gallery of Time, Adelaide Contemporary will be a cultural incubator for South Australia and the world.

The winner of the international design competition will be selected in June 2018.

Below is Woods Bagot and DS+R's design.

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