Competition Open For Design of Gold Coast Arts Hub

By Amanda Shannon

Owners of Gold Coast property may know that the region is one of the country's most visited tourism spots and the Gold Coast Council has taken steps to add cultural tourism to its appeal.

Tuesday (March 26) saw the launch of an international design competition, with the two-stage test looking to see a winning design for an 11-hectare Evandale cultural precinct right in the heart of the city.

Registered architects and landscape architects are being urged to register, with participants having six weeks to create and submit a proposal – Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate explained that this is a rare opportunity to shape the city.

"Up to three participating teams will then be shortlisted and each paid $250,000 to further develop their proposals in stage two, with the winner announced before the end of the year," he said.

"An eight-member expert jury, chaired by professor Gordon Holden, head of architecture at Griffith University, Gold Coast, will assess submissions."

The mayor added that the council was looking to create a landmark precinct that would become the centre for art and culture in the city, so that it would become a must-see for visitors and residents.

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