Bark was invited to present a design entry for the ‘Australia House’ competition in Japan, along with a selection of other talented Queensland-based entrants at an event held last night at the Australian Institute of Architects headquarters in Brisbane. Organized by the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan, the design competition drew 154 entries from a wide range of practitioners and students from Japan, Australia and beyond.
‘Australia House’ is used for art installations during the contemporary international arts festival, which takes place every three years in the mountainous Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture. The house provides a space for Australian artists to live, work and present their artwork, whilst also serving as a venue for joint projects between Australia and Japan.
Bark participated in a site inspection tour in July to get a feel for the environment and landscape of the project in order to prepare Bark’s application. A photograph of the site is displayed below.
The event was organised by ArchitectureAU and the AIA, with presentations made by Mara Francis (second-placed B.A.M.F.), Andrew Wilson (Chie Konno/NMBW Queensland Office), Jim Gall and Benita Tunks, Stephen Guthrie and Lindy Atkin (Bark Design Architects/Tripod Studio cdi/Arup), Paul Hotson (Phorm Architecture + Design), and Michael Dickson (University of Queensland).
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