2009 Ideas Competition - Inspired Ideas

Inspired Ideas

In this section, we look at some of the ideas and discussions which have been generated from this competition. Most propositions set out to do things differently from the past especially in relation to environmental stewardship. This of course can be attributed to a broader community awareness of the likely changes necessary in our relationship with nature because of measurable climate and sea level changes. The site, though magnificent in its waterside setting and dominance of open space, requires radical and creative ideas to deal with such challenges.

Many competition entrants saw this as an opportunity not an obstacle …rather a springboard to launch towards novel solutions and to make a precinct of unique character  ...clearly different from the stereotype of cultural centres.

Other themes which emerged consistently included:

The need for high quality public transport to the site

Pedestrian and cycle bridges with direct connection to the coastal strip ….often sinuous, graceful forms …almost always a statement in themselves

Expanding the sense of scale and accessibility of green space

Celebrating the water’s edge and inviting water onto the site

The recognised imposition that car parking (even in basements or under green space) places on the sustaining of viable habitats and ecosystems

A public gathering space embraced by built form

Buildings of civic stature

Projecting the presence of the cultural precinct towards the coastal strip via bridges or built form on the tip of the peninsular to combat the sense of isolation of the precinct

Its a place in a “green” corridor linking Nerang to Surfers Paradise


Most entries proposed buildings with a low-set modern look, often exuberant in form and sometimes partially concealed beneath green roofs.  Some were raised to counter any flooding or climate change issues. There were a couple of high rise style buildings.