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21 Nov 2013

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition winner


The City of Gold Coast has revealed the design of its landmark new cultural precinct at Evandale.

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition Winner

ARM Architecture has been chosen to deliver the City’s architectural vision for the 16.9 hectare site following a two stage competition that attracted entries from across the globe.

Everyone is invited to come and share the first beat in our new cultural heart at the Gold Coast City Gallery where the design for the new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will be showcased until Sunday 15 December 2013.

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Winning design makes Gold Coast culture ‘seriously fun’

One of Australia’s leading architectural firms has delivered a ‘seriously fun’ proposal to win the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct international design competition. The winning team, led by ARM Architecture, was unanimously selected by an eight-member independent Design Competition jury.

Praised by jurors as ‘playful and inclusive’, the precinct plan aims to entice residents and visitors to experience and participate in production of arts and culture.

Mayor Tom Tate, praised ARM for a concept which ‘understands and celebrates’ the Gold Coast’s vibrant and egalitarian culture.

“With everything from skateboarding to opera and contemporary art to fashion, it has the potential to put out the welcome mat to everyone to come and enjoy the precinct and engage with the full diversity of Gold Coast creativity,” Mayor Tate said.

ARM’s design introduces a geometric ‘web’ – or voronoi – theme, linking:

• An expanded Living Arts Centre, incorporating a new 1200-seat theatre; versatile 350-seat black box theatre; refurbished existing performance theatre accommodating up to 600 people; a 10,000 seat outdoor amphitheatre; and a central Great Terrace.

• A sub-tropical outdoor garden Artscape, with the Evandale Lake as a focal feature and a spiral-helix encased green bridge providing a dappled shade connection to Chevron Island, and

• A 14-storey New Arts Museum, enticing visitors up through the galleries to take in the art, the view, and perhaps – in true Gold Coast style – a bungy jump from the external viewing platform. Reminiscent of other vertical exhibition buildings, including the Eiffel Tower, Anish Kapoor’s Olympic Tower, and the Guggenheim Museum NY, the tower frees up site area for other uses – including green space. Design Director, Howard Raggatt, said ARM’s submission was the product of 4000 hours of design effort by 50 individuals, representing 15 specialist fields.

“It is a standout design,” Mayor Tate said.

“It is also flexible and adaptable in its layout which makes it ideal for staged construction, which fits with the city’s plans to ensure the precinct can accommodate live site uses when we host the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Mayor Tate said.

“Council hopes to be able to deliver a first stage of precinct development – including car parking, a green bridge and some Artscape landscaping – in time for the Games.”

The jury’s decision completes an eight-month Design Competition which attracted 75 entries worldwide in Stage One.

Three teams, ARM, along with as Japan’s largest architectural firm, Nikken Sekkei, and local/international consortium CRAB_Vogt_DBI, were shortlisted to compete in the intensive 12-week Stage Two.

Mayor Tate also commended Nikken Sekkei and CRAB-Vogt-DBI teams and all competition participants.

Jury Chair, Head of Griffith University’s Gold Coast School of Architecture, Professor Gordon Holden, said the competition had drawn out some very creative responses to the city’s Vision and the Design Brief.

“The shortlisted designs were all very different, and exceptional in their own right,” Professor Holden said.

“Nikken’s grand ‘water stage’ doubled as an outdoor stage and a roof covering the arts museum and arts centre while CRAB_Vogt_DBI envisaged buildings wrapped in gravity-defying sculptural forms which transformed into a night-time digital canvas.

“This competition brought attention and ideas from the world’s best design minds to the Gold Coast and its future cultural needs,” he said.

Entries from both competition stages will all be featured in THE REVEAL: Designs for a new cultural precinct exhibition in the City Gallery, The Arts Centre Gold Coast which opens to the public tomorrow (22 November) for three weeks.

Mayor Tate has encouraged residents and visitors alike to ‘come and see these amazing visions, and picture themselves in a new cultural precinct’.

“This is the first beat in our cultural heart, and it is seriously fun.”

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21 Nov 2013

2013 Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition Winners

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition winner announcement

Our new cultural heart revealed

During 2013 some of the world’s leading design minds have been focused on the Gold Coast through an international design competition for a landmark cultural precinct for the city.

From 75 Stage One entries worldwide, three were chosen by an eight-member expert independent Jury to participate in a design-intensive Stage Two.

The three shortlisted submissions are in, the Jury has reached its decision and the City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate will reveal the winning team and design at 5pm (Qld time) on Thursday 21 November, 2013.

The three internationally regarded shortlisted teams were selected to participate in a design-intensive 12-week Stage Two:

• ARM ARCHITECTURE – one of Australia’s best-known designers of cultural infrastructure

• CRAB_VOGT_DBI – combining the skills of leading local and international architecture and landscape architecture practices, and

• NIKKEN SEKKEI – Japan’s largest, and one of the world’s most respected, architectural practices

The Reveal exhibition of entries opens to the public at the Gold Coast City Gallery at 10am on Friday 22 November 2013.
Gold Coast City Gallery, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, Qld.

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15 Mar 2013

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition News

Global competition – starter’s gun to sound on 26 March


15 March 2013 – The Council of the City of Gold Coast will fire the starter’s gun on the much-anticipated Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition on 26 March.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the two-stage competition is expected to attract a host of exciting design teams led by some of the world’s top architects and landscape architects.

“This opportunity to develop a quintessentially Gold Coast cultural precinct is attracting interest from design professionals from every continent,” Cr Tate said.

“They will compete for the opportunity to design a landmark cultural ‘heart and soul’ on 11 hectares of the stunning Evandale site on Australia’s Gold Coast. Council’s vision for the site includes a Living Arts Centre, for performing arts and cinema; a New Arts Museum for media, art and design; a stunning outdoor garden Artscape and a green bridge to adjacent Chevron Island.’

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Council this week endorsed the schedule for the two-stage competition.

Stage one, from 26 March, will provide competitors with six weeks to develop and submit proposals that include a high-level design response and outline their team’s capability. An independent expert jury will assess submissions.

Stage two, over 12 weeks from 18 June, during which up to three short-listed teams will each be paid AUD$250,000 to further develop their responses. The jury will then select a winner to work with Council to deliver the cultural precinct.

Competitors can register from 19 March via LG tender box. A new-look project website ( will also be launched with the competition on 26 March.

Mayor Tate said Council wants to create a landmark precinct at Evandale framed by the Nerang River and with views of the city skyline and hinterland mountains.

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“Concepts will need to be distinctive and innovative and will have to respond to a comprehensive design brief. The winning design will evolve into the city’s creative commons, a place loved by residents and a must-see visitor destination.

“This will be a complex task, so we are encouraging multi-disciplinary design teams. We hope to see involvement from local, national and international designers across a wide range of disciplines, from architecture and engineering to digital and lighting design and arts management.”

Mayor Tate said the jury would be looking for something outstanding; something that captures the essence of the city and its cultural identity, with the potential to attract investment and to contribute to the Gold Coast’s place as a major tourist destination.

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