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Architectural Lines


Uncover the secrets and discover the story behind the creation of Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square at the National Gallery of Victoria‘s latest exhibition.


The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia – facade
Photo: Christian Markel

Draw the Line: the Architecture of LAB chiefly explores the evolution of the design, from concept to development, of Melbourne’s Federation Square and various other awe-inspiring projects.


Kinetic Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2008
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Courtesy of LAB, Melbourne

The creators of architectural feats that span the world, the LAB architecture studio was established in London in 1994 before fast earning a formidable reputation on the international scene with fiercely original and starkly modern designs that push the envelope of conventional architectural practice.


Soho Shangdu, Beijing, China 2007
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Courtesy of LAB, Melbourne

The exhibition name is taken from LAB’s belief that despite advances in digital technologies, ‘the line’ in architecture is still the most important factor. “There is no architecture without the line. The line is the architect’s signature and this exhibition will illuminate the way a project evolves from the line, communicating new ideas and meanings,” said Donald Bates of LAB Architecture.


Jumeirah Village Culture Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2006
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Courtesy of LAB, Melbourne

The exhibition will explore the complete architectural process and will feature everything from conceptual drawings to large architectural models constructed with polystyrene and smaller balsa wood and cardboard models.


View of NGV Australia and Flinders Street frontage of Federation Square 2003
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Courtesy of Fed Square Pty Ltd, Melbourne
Photographer Trevor Mein

“Architecture is a part of the overall story of Australian art. This exhibition provides insight into how an architect views the world,” said Frances Lindsay, Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.

“LAB’s combination of philosophy and process is reflected in their distinctive architectural style including the repetition of geometric form and angular structures,” continued Lindsay.


Museum of the Creek, Cultural Village, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2006
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Courtesy of LAB, Melbourne

Draw the Line: Architecture of LAB
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square
18 July – 13 September 2009
Open 10am – 5pm daily except Mondays.
Free admission

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