The Competition

The Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition is an open international two-stage design competition.

The competition’s objective is to seek out an exceptional design team for the Adelaide Contemporary project, identifying the very best design talent both nationally and internationally. Arts South Australia is a progressive patron and encourages creative collaborations between emerging and established practices, between local and international practices, and across design disciplines.

At the first stage, Arts South Australia was looking for architect-led creative teams with expertise in architecture and landscape architecture. Teams could also have included a way-finding specialist, an access consultant and, if appropriate, an artist or other creative contributors. Engineering disciplines, cost consultancy and project management will be procured separately by the client.

The competition is being run in accordance with the procurement requirements of the Government of South Australia. The conditions for Stage Two of this competition have been formally endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The competition jury will be chaired by Michael Lynch AO CBE.

Stage One: Expression of Interest

An open call for participation that was aimed at attracting outstanding, dedicated teams to register their interest in the project. This stage was open to all qualified architects and landscape architects who met the requirements as described in the Competition Conditions.

The first stage did not seek designs but a demonstration of qualifications: company information, an explanation behind the proposed composition of the team, relevant experience, and project understanding and approach.

Please note the first stage is now closed.

A shortlist six teams was selected to move to Stage Two.

Stage Two: Concept Design

The shortlisted teams were given further detailed briefing, and attended a site visit and competition seminar in Adelaide in late January 2018. These finalists submitted their concept designs in early April 2018. These teams all include an Australian registered architect. An honorarium of AU$90,000 will be paid to each shortlisted team that submitted a compliant tender. A technical panel will review the entries and produce a report for the jury, who will conduct interviews and select a winner.

Further details can be found in the Competition Conditions.

Arts South Australia has appointed Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC), an independent expert organiser of design competitions, to devise and manage the competition for Adelaide Contemporary. MRC will combine the exemplary procurement standards of the Government of South Australia with tested industry-standard competition processes to ensure probity and openness at all stages.

Arts South Australia is committed to an open and collaborative approach to the Adelaide Contemporary project. A public exhibition of the shortlisted teams’ concept designs will be held in Adelaide prior to the jury meeting. The designs will also be available to view on the competition website. The public will be able to give feedback, and stakeholders will be invited by Arts South Australia to provide their response.

Competition Timeline

Stage One
Competition launchedThursday 19 October 2017
Deadline for questionsWednesday 15 November 2017
Stage One Submission Deadline21:30 ACDT / 11:00 GMT Friday 24 November 2017
Stage Two
Tender stage launchedMid-December 2017
Shortlist announcedMid-December 2017
Site visitLate January 2018
Stage Two Submission DeadlineEarly April 2018
JuryMay 2018
Winner announcedLate May / Early June 2018