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The inaugural commission for ephemeral architecture in the Grollo Equiset Garden at the NGV is a project entitled ‘I Dips Me Lid’. C.J. Denis commented on the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 in the form of a poem ‘I Dips Me Lid’. In this spirit we ‘dips our lids’ to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. To the formal and structural inventiveness of Melbourne’s architecture from last century and this one”. – John Wardle

The grid shell structure spans 21 meters and stands 7.5 meters tall, the shading system involves some 1650 die cut, hand folded pink, purple and orange polypropylene shade elements and utilized 6600 eyelets and 3300 laser cut cleats. The delicate shading elements echo similarly strong and inflected repeated geometries found in ceilings such as the Great Hall in the NGV. Adaptable and evocative, the structure embodies the NGV’s commitment to delivering new design and architecture initiatives that surprise and delight audiences. It will be a site for performance, retreat and reflection in the garden of the Gallery over the spring and summer period.

  • Client National Gallery of Victoria
  • Distance from JWA 2.4km
  • Location Grollo Equiset Garden, NGV, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Procurement Private Commission
  • Project Duration 2015
  • Floor Area 180 sqm
  • Selected Awards
  • High Commendation - Small Structures, LSAA Design Awards 2016



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