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The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition, launched in December last year, is set to open for entry on 26 March. The two-stage competition is expected to attract a range of 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,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“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.”
Stage One of the competition will see entrants develop and submit proposals with a high-level design response to the brief. An independent expert jury will assess the submissions, and in Stage Two (over 12 weeks from 18 June) up to three shortlisted teams will be given AU$250,000 to further develop their responses. The jury will then select a winner to work with the council to deliver the cultural precinct.
“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,” said Cr Tate.
The Council is looking for projects that create a landmark precinct at Evandale, framed by the Nerang River and with views of the city skyline and hinterland mountains. They encourage multi-disciplinary design teams to enter, from both Australia and the rest of the world.
Entrants can register from 19 March here.
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