An international-standard City Gallery will be delivered as part of Stage 1B of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct. To follow completion (in 2018) of the Stage 1A concert lawn and stage (Versatile Outdoor Space), this next major step in the precinct’s evolution will deliver for the Gold Coast a purpose-built visual arts facility for exhibitions, education and engagement.
Design work will progress through 2018, to position the $53 million* gallery for construction by 2020, should funding be approved.
A gallery brief, developed in conjunction with The Arts Centre Gold Coast, establishes an ambition for the facility to become a significant cultural attractor for the Gold Coast.
A generous, highly-functional gallery will accommodate the valuable, but rarely seen, City Collection. It will showcase local artists and touring exhibitions and will be a platform for locals and visitors of all ages to engage with art and each other.
Council at its meeting of 29 November, 2016, endorsed the new gallery concept to enable design development.
ARM Architecture’s Concept Design Summary Report can be viewed here.
Delivering a superior outcome to a previous proposal to temporarily repurpose Council’s former Riverside building, the new, purpose-built gallery concept is a medium to longer term solution to the city’s growing visual arts needs. The concept also still allows for possible future construction of ARM Architecture’s 2013 design competition winning twisting Art Tower, in some form, at the precinct.
Design development will seek to deliver a light, airy and sub-tropical building where locals and visitors of all ages will be drawn to experience and interact with art in its many forms.
An open-air entry foyer and connection to the surrounding environment will start a journey for the senses, further reinforced by the ambition to utilise one of the City Collection’s signature pieces, William Robinson’s Rainforest, as metaphor and design cue.
Situated west of the new amphitheatre, the City Gallery will become a central artistic and cultural hub, complete with café and retail zone.
Labelled Stage 1B for its delivery phase, the new gallery also will provide a physical and visual connection between the existing Arts Centre, Council Chambers and the new lawn and outdoor stage, helping create a vibrant, energetic hub for the precinct.
Green bridge connection
Design and construction of a green bridge linking the precinct to Chevron Island is also anticipated to be part of Stage 1B, subject to funding.
The bridge will put the new concert lawn and stage, and the proposed new City Gallery, within easier reach of pedestrians and cyclists from Surfers Paradise and neighbouring suburbs to the East.
*Estimated delivery costs / 2016 dollars