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A competition has been launched to find a new design for the Prime Minister’s Lodge.
designer home for PM
Australian design professionals, graduates and students have been invited to submit their ideas for a new official residence for the Prime Minister as part of the Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition, a Centenary of Canberra initiative by the University of Canberra (UC) and the Gallery of Australian Design.
Competition adviser for UC, Annabelle Pegrum said there was a first prize of $80,000 with second and third prizes of $20,000 and $10,000.
“This competition is a chance for architects and designers to be part of a discussion that shapes our national identity,” Adjunct Professor Pegrum said.
“The existing Lodge is more than 80 years old has been home to 16 of Australia’s 27 Prime Ministers.
“It has been altered and added to from time to time to address functional and security needs, but some of these changes have been less than sympathetic and the scale and quality of the building and grounds cannot meet contemporary family, ceremonial and official requirements.”
She said it had been clear for some time that the building needed to be replaced.
“The competition site at Attunga Point is identified as a potential site for the Prime Minister’s residence in Canberra,” she said.
“The winning designs will be submitted to the relevant areas of government for consideration, so this competition could make history.”
She said entrants were required to come up with a design that took into account the ceremonial, private and security functions of a Prime Minister’s residence and included a private home and study; function spaces and support services; and landscaping for the 6.8 hectare site.
More information is available from this PS News link and entries close on 4 May.
Edition 346, 29 January 2013