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Gold Coast Cultural Precinct

Cultural & Civic, Urban & Masterplanning

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct



Within walking distance of Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will establish the Gold Coast as a place for the convergence of culture, art and design online, real-time and mobile networks.

Assisting the Gold Coast City Council to procure innovative proposals for the precinct, the design competition seeks a composition of an unforgettable outdoor art-scape that allows for accessible connections to the surrounding locality, a distinctive New Arts Museum and a Living Arts Centre to allow for the development of local talent and deliver excellence in a diverse array of performing arts and cinema. The winner of this competition is Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM). Their proposal eschews rigid architectural geometries and conventional landscape hierarchies (exemplified in the classical garden), generating a masterplan that organises the site’s elements as a web of connections across the entire Cultural Precinct. The proposal is 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, the precinct design embraces the full diversity of Gold Coast and Queensland culture. The built outcome of the competition is the Home Of The Arts (HOTA).




Yugambeh Country


City of Gold Coast

Project type


Competition Winners

Ashton Raggatt McDougall

Jury (titles at time of engagement)

Destry Puia

General Manager, The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Donna Gates

Deputy Mayor, City of Gold Coast

Geoffrey London

Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University of Western Australia

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 and Founder, Terreform

Tom Tate

Mayor, Gold Coast

Project Updates

08 May 2022

"Record breaking audiences as HOTA Gallery turns one."

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18 March 2020

Construction in Progress at Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.

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24 January 2020

HOTA's Green Bridge opens.

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Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism, 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards

Award for Tourism, 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture

National Award for Public Architecture, 2019 National Architecture Awards

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