NGV car wash

This is the second year that the National Gallery of Victoria is installing an Architecture Commission in the Sculpture Garden of NGV International – and this year it’s a surreal hot pink ‘car wash’.

NGV car wash

The 2016 Architecture Commission by Melbourne-based M@ STUDIO Architects is inspired by an actual car wash in Blackburn and is a large open-sided pavilion with five lanes of bright pink astroturf.

NGV car wash

Each lane contains different details – rubber waves, road markings, misting spray that disorientates the senses, rope ‘rollers’ and dangling plastic ribbons.

NGV car wash

The architect’s vision is to use design to improve the amenity of the urban fringe. Sit on the stools inside the car wash and contemplate what makes good suburban design and just enjoy the neon colours while you eat your lunch and lounge back on some cushions. It will be illuminated at night.

NGV car wash

BYO car for extra fun!

NGV car wash


2016 Architecture Commission: M@ STUDIO Architects, NGV Garden at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Friday 14 October 2016 to April 2017.

Open daily, 10am-5pm. Entry is free.