Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Competition

State Queensland
Client Gold Coast City Council
Competition Open Two Stage Design Competition
Winner Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Destry Puia General Manager, The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Donna Gates Deputy Mayor, Gold Coast
Geoffrey London Victorian Government Architect, OVGA
Gordon Holden Head of Architecture, Griffith University
Greg Forgan-Smith President, RAIA Gold Coast Region
Helen Armstrong Founder, Cultural Landscape Research Unit
John Kotzas CEO, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Michael Sorkin Academic & Founder of Terreform
Tom Tate Mayor, Gold Coast

The Competition
CityLab was the Competition Advisor for the competition phase of the Cultural Precinct Project. CityLab assisted the Gold Coast City Council seek innovative proposals for an 11-hectare portion of the 16.9 hectare site. The cultural precinct is set to become a virtual hub establishing the Gold Coast as a place for convergence of culture, art and design online, real-time and mobile networks.

A total of $280 million was nominated as the project budget for delivering the cultural precinct.Each Core Capital Component budgets were: Artscape $85 million, New Arts Museum $120 million, Living Arts Centre $100 million, and an extra $25 million for the delivery of a green bridge connecting Evandale to Chevron Island.

The Brief
The designs had to include an unforgettable outdoor Artscape which interfaced with and enveloped the civic cultural buildings and allowed for access connections to the surrounding locality, a distinctive New Arts Museum and a Living Arts Centre that will allow for the development of local talent and deliver excellence in a diverse array of performing arts and cinema.

The Winner
The submission adopts the dynamic and generative principles of a voronoi diagram. Eschewing rigid architectural geometries and conventional landscape hierarchies (exemplified in the classical garden), this submission generates a masterplan that organises the site’s elements as a web of connections across the entire Cultural Precinct.

The submission is commended for being a bold and inclusive reimagining of what a cultural precinct might be, seeking to engage the widest possible demographic. From skateboarding to opera and from contemporary art to fashion catwalks, this submission embraces the full diversity of Gold Coast and Queensland culture.

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