Adelaide Contemporary


Adelaide Contemporary is a new cultural paradigm that places the idea of the “contemporary” within an expanded time frame, linking the deep history of Aboriginal culture, the historical and geographic breadth of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection, the perpetual present of festivals and events, and art into the future.

The building is conceived of as a curatorial apparatus tailored to support these juxtapositions of time, geography, scale, and media. A matrix of unique spaces unbound by disciplinary categories range in size, height, infrastructure and light quality, and provide infinite flexibility for work across media. Daylit galleries above and light controlled galleries below are linked by a ground floor Super Lobby – a radically welcoming extension of the city and its gardens. Combining curatorial experimentation with new modes of education anchored by the Gallery of Time, Adelaide Contemporary will be a cultural incubator for South Australia and the world.

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Project information
ClientArt Gallery of South AustraliaSize (GSF)161459
Location         Adelaide Contemporary, Adelaide, Australia
PartnersCharles Renfro,Elizabeth Diller,Ricardo Scofidio,and Benjamin Gilmartin
Project DirectorDavid Allin
TeamMerica May Jensen,Shiwoo Yu,Jedidiah Lau,Michael Robitz,and Barry Beagen
External credits
Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Woods BagotDesign Architects
OculusLandscape Architecture
Right Angle StudioPlace-Making & Culture Strategist
Klynton WanganeenIndigenous Cultural Advisor
Dustin YellinCultural Incubation
Studio Adrien Gardère​Exhibition Designer​
Australian Dance TheatrePerforming Arts Advisor
EkisticsStatutory Planner
Katnich DoddBuilding Surveying & Access Consultant