New civic space for Gold Coast opens

Jan 13, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Scott Burrows

The Southport Broadwater Parklands, with architecture designed by Queensland firm Whitearchitecture, has been completed.

The new civic space has transformed the area, previously occupied by a car park. Simon White of Whitearchitecture said: “We are pleased with the way the Parklands fits within the urban fabric of Southport and are confident that this space will provide the perfect setting for the community to enjoy a host of public and sporting events.”

The area features a series of integrated, sustainable buildings as well as open parkland. Facilities designed by the firm include the Pier Pavilion, incorporating visitor centre and display gallery; an outdoor stage; the Southport Pier; an amenities building; and BBQ pavilions.

Sustainable features include stormwater management, urban wetland and water polishing system, as well as solar panels to provide energy to the parklands. The Pier Pavilion also has a dual skin façade, keeping the interior cool while also allowing natural light in through a skylight.

Inspired by fractured geometric shapes, each building is wrapped in a white perforated skin. Featuring integrated feature lighting, the facades are designed to glow at night, acting as a beacon for the parkland.

Pathways throughout the parklands connect the buildings, with the overall layout designed to accommodate spectators and visitors for large public events. The area offers expansive views of the Broadwater, The Spit, and the Surfers Paradise skyline.

Located on a brownfield site, the project was funded by the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland State Government, through the Queensland 150th Legacy Infrastructure Program. The full cost of the regeneration of the area will be an estimated $42 million.

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