INTERVIEW: Jodie & Martin on the St Kilda Foreshore Land Art Generator Project Winning Entry


David & Sue talk to Jodie from the Land Art Generator Initiative & Martin from NH Architecture about the St Kilda foreshore triangle design which was the winner of this year’s Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) Competition. LAGI (Land Art Generator Initiative) 2018 was free and open to anyone around the world, and invited artists, architects, designers, landscape architects, scientists, engineers, and others to submit proposals for large-scale and site-specific public art installations that generate clean energy for a site in Melbourne. You can find out more on the LAGI website. The competition was supported by both the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian State Government.

The winning entry was the one by NH Architecture who describe their entry and winning the award on their website as follows:

“NH Architecture is delighted to have been awarded the winner of the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition for the entry “Light Up” – a large scale public arts and urban design initiative that produces clean energy.

The St Kilda Triangle was named as the site while previous design sites included Dubai, New York, Copenhagen and Santa Monica. This year, participants from more than fifty countries submitted concept proposals for the free global competition.

Designed in collaboration with Ark Resources, John Bahoric Design and RMIT Architecture, the proposal combines solar, wind, plant fuel-cell energy harvesting, and battery storage into the landscape of the St Kilda Foreshore.

Our design response is a lightweight tensile structure formed of some 8,600 solar panels that would create a light-filtering canopy over Jacka Boulevard, providing shade for visitors and improving links between existing public, pedestrian, and street networks. It would produce 2,220 megawatt hours of clean energy annually for the St Kilda Triangle site, enough to power nearly 500 Australian homes as well as Luna Park, and the Palais.”

And what an amazing, innovative entry it was.