Lodge On The Lake Design Competition Winners

Posted on: 13th August 2013

The competition for a new Prime Minister’s Lodge in Canberra has drawn to an end and now, winners have been announced.


The winning design goes to graduate architect Jack Davies and team members Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens. They received the grand prize worth AU$80,000 for their design that, in their own words, “both enfolds the landscape and is subsumed by it”.


The Lake Design Competition WinnersThe $20,000 second prize went to Professor Alan Pert (director of the Melbourne School of Design and founder of NORD), NORD team members Brian McGinlay, Helen-Anne Love, Mark Bell and Rod Kemsley, and environmental/structures firm Atelier 10. Their project draws from inspiration found in the specific topography of the site, and favours “the tactile over the visual, the experiential over the experimental”.


Third place, worth $10,000 went to Monica Earl and Nic Moore, who in their project statement compared their design to The White House, noting that “the Lodge must be the hearth of the nation – a fort, command-post, event space and icon”.


Launched as part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra, the University of Canberra and the Gallery of Australian Design invited design professionals, graduates and students from all over the country to enter the competition. Competition guidelines state that the winning project may or may not be built, and that the competition aimed to generate a range of solutions and stimulate discourse about Australia’s current and future identity.


The existing Lodge at 5 Adelaide Avenue in Canberra has been home to 16 of Australia’s 27 prime ministers and their families.


The winning entries, and the work of the other finalists, will be displayed at an exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra from August.


Take a look at their winning designs here.

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