Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Cultural Precinct will be up and running in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™. Initial concepts have been developed by the design team, ARM Architecture and Topotek1 and detailed design is underway. Council's 2016-2017 budget provides $20.04 million to continue delivery of the $37.9 million (2016 dollars) Stage 1.

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct live construction time lapse
Stage 1 will include:

  • The versatile outdoor performance space. ARM’s concept would become an integrated green theatre style link between stage 1 components. Equipped with services and technology for a wide range of civic, cultural and artistic events, the space would accommodate intimate or headline performances. A shade structure, allowing filtered sunlight to penetrate to the lawn below, would be incorporated to improve amenity and performance use while addressing glare issues in the afternoon. The structure is in design development.

Initial concept design of the garden-style amphitheatre during an evening performance.

Artist's impression of the outdoor stage and lawn

The indoor stage area in function mode with views to Surfers Paradise.

Shade structure under design

Shade structure concept is currently under development.

  • Initial Artscape works. Linking Stage 1 facilities, these landscape works could also commence the planned enhancement of Evandale Lake, and will establish new opportunities for events, festivals and recreation at Evandale.


Construction timeline

Stage 1b

Design work is underway for a 6000 square metre international standard art gallery for delivery by 2020.

The multi-storey sub-tropical inspired gallery will be located west of the versatile outdoor stage and concert lawn. The purpose built gallery will include basement storage, a main exhibition hall, collections galleries, children's gallery, library, retail and cafe hub and a rooftop terrace bar.

Early concept design for the Gold Coast City Gallery.

Early concept cross section design of the Gold Coast City Gallery.

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