Three teams have been selected from 75 entries from around the world to compete in the second stage of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition.
The competition was launched by the City of Gold Coast in October 2012 and aims to establish a landmark cultural precinct on 11 hectares of centrally-located land in Evandale. The land is located near the Nerang River and offers views of the Surfers Paradise skyline.
Last month, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate announced the finalists and the commencement of the second stage of the competition, during which the three selected teams will have 12 weeks to develop the proposals they presented for the first stage.
“The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will be a place where people come together to engage with arts, culture and each other. The precinct will provide a platform from which arts contributors and visitors alike can discover, share and create,” Tate said.
“We want to see design concepts for a cultural precinct that reflect the Gold Coast’s identity and express its cultural heart and soul. When the Gold Coast hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games, it will be important to showcase our culture and creativity to the world.”
The teams in the running are ARM Architecture, CRAB_VOGT_DBI and Nikken Sekkei.
ARM Architecture began its practise in Melbourne in 1986 and earned international acclaim through such projects as St Kilda Library (1994), RMIT Storey Hall (1995), National Museum of Australia (2000) and Marion Cultural Centre (2001). Since then, the firm has produced multiple designs and projects in architecture, landscape, urbanism and interior design both in Australia and overseas.
ARM's projects have won a number of national and international awards and featured in international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale and the Royal College of the Arts in London.
Their best-known cultural projects in Australia are Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance Visitor Centre, the Melbourne Theatre Company, Canberra’s National Museum of Australia and Perth Arena.
CRAB_VOGT_DBI is a team comprised of Gold Coast-based DBI design, global architectural British firm CRAB Studio (London) and Zurich based VOGT, which will take the lead on landscape architecture.
At the moment, CRAB studio is building the Law School and Administration building in Vienna, and the architecture school at Bond University.
Nikken Sekkei is one of Japan’s largest architectural firms, with projects including Japan’s Hoki Museum, Pola Museum and Hyogo Performing Arts Centre.
The team will make use of expertise provided by civil engineers Nikken Sekkei Civil, sustainability consultants Nikken Sekkei Research Institute, Brisbane architects Lambert and Smith and quantity surveyors Australian Mitchell Brandtman.
Each of the teams will receive $250,000 to develop their ideas in detail over the next stage, and the winner will be announced in November 2013.
The shortlisted teams’ design proposals will remain confidential until the winner is announced. When the competition is over, the entries will all be exhibited at the Gold Coast Arts Centre.