A hop, skip and a jump away from the Yarra River, resting peacefully on Southbank Boulevard, is the proposed site for the new and improved NGV Contemporary Gallery.
With the help of the creative minds at Angelo Candalepas and Associates, this winning design is set to be the largest gallery in Australia. The 30,000 square metre landmark will stand strong in the heart of Melbourne CBD with 13,000 square metres of display space. NGV Contemporary will include an array of additional features such as a rooftop terrace, sculpture garden, studio and lab spaces as well as educational areas.
The triangular-shaped structure will be home to many domestic and international artworks including many of the world’s favourites such as Picasso and the intricate textile works of Chanel. The central spherical hall and stairway will be the focal point of the gallery. Given the name Omphalos, after the Greek word meaning "centre of the earth", the lantern-like roofing alongside the light-soaked hallways and central spherical hall will be a must-see architectural masterpiece and tough competition to the famous New York gallery, the Guggenheim.
The NGV Contemporary Gallery is set to bring individuals from near and far to this architectural structure, not only for its creative glories inside but for its exclusive members lounge and restaurant. With expansive rooftop views of Melbourne, the wonders this gallery will hold are endless.
Oh me, oh my, the NGV could not open its doors sooner. However, the brave hearted will have to sit patiently until 2028 for this structural masterpiece to be open to the public. To find out more visit the link HERE
Renders of winning concept design for NGV Contemporary by Angelo Candalepas and Associates, by Darcstudio and Secchi Smith.