renzo piano and SANAA on strong shortlist for sydney modern project
image courtesy of the art gallery of new south wales




UPDATE: january 19, 2015


as of january 2015, the list of shortlisted practices has been narrowed down, leaving just five studios in the running.
the nominated architects at this stage of the competition are as follows:


kazuyo sejima + ryue nishizawa / SANAA
kengo kuma & associates
kerry hill architects
RMA architects (rahul mehrotra architects)
sean godsell architects


‘each of the five selected practices demonstrated insight and sensitivity to place and a diversity of approach to creating built forms. I am confident the winner will create something quite extraordinary for sydney,’ commented dr michael brand, gallery director.


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a selection renowned architecture practices have been invited to transform the art gallery of south wales – extending the institution’s cultural contribution to the city as part of the sydney modern project. the shortlist, which includes acclaimed names such as renzo piano and SANAA, has been selected by a jury chaired by gallery director dr. michael brand. the invited firms are listed in alphabetical order below:


candalepas associates
david chipperfield architects
fender katsalidis
herzog & de meuron
kazuyo sejima + ryue nishizawa / SANAA
kengo kuma & associates
kerry hill architects
nieto sobejano arquitectos
RPBW (renzo piano building workshop)
RMA architects (rahul mehrotra architects)
tod williams and billie tsien architects


the sydney modern vision for expansion and transformation is much more than just a building project, explained dr. brand. ‘through this invited competition the gallery is seeking ideas that will create an architecturally ambitious, intelligent, sensitive, sustainable and highly functional design. our site overlooking sydney harbor will inspire each of the invited architectural practices, all of whom have extraordinary design skills’.


the gallery is inspired to be working with 12 such extraordinary national and international practices, commented mr guido belgiorno-nettis AM, president of the gallery’s board of trustees. ‘these are among the world’s top architects, with a truly global representation and an impressive track record involving some of the world’s most innovative projects.’


the jury will select up to five architectural practices to proceed to the second stage of the competition early next year. based on these final submissions, the jury will select an architectural practice that will work closely with the gallery to develop a detailed design in april, 2015.