Concept designs unveiled for five storey art gallery on the Coast

Concept designs of the $60.5 million art gallery at HOTA, Home of the Arts, have been unveiled as the City prepares to commence works on the next phase.

It’s no surprise the Gold Coast is undergoing a cultural evolution with local artists going global, global artists performing in the city and the development of new arts and culture offerings.

The gallery will offer a unique rooftop experience, and will act as a cultural beacon and must see destination for residents and visitors. Locals and visitors can expect to be walking through the new gallery by early 2021.

The concept designs highlight the continued use of the voronoi shape and revealed a colour scheme with three-dimensional effect to the façade.

Hansen Yuncken, highly regarded for managing the technically-challenging Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, will commence early works in September.

Founding Director ARM Architecture Howard Raggatt said the new art gallery is going to make big waves on the Gold Coast.

“Until recently Hobart was hardly a hot gig for the art scene, but then there was MONA. I reckon this new Art Gallery at the Gold Coast will make big waves too and give the established cities another fight!” he said.

“For a long time, the Gold Coast has been thought of a culture-free-zone of sand, surf and adventure worlds but now the City’s Vision for a new art gallery can be a real game changer.”

The Gold Coast has seen many changes over the years and has moved from a small coastal town known for beaches and tourism, to a world class city where people can live, work, study and invest. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games put the city on the map, and the new art gallery is going to continue to transform it.

“Almost by stealth it seems, the Gold Coast has become a real city, and now it will have a really sensational Art Gallery and 8 hours of sunshine a day!” said Howard Raggatt.

The development of this facility will generate jobs in construction and the arts and enhance the city’s long term cultural legacy.

Director Gallery HOTA Tracy Cooper-Lavery said the art gallery will be the perfect location for the City’s unique art collection.

“An ambitious new arrival in 2021, HOTA Gallery will provide unprecedented access to the City’s multi-million-dollar art collection and a range of exhibitions from local to international; many of which can only be seen on the Gold Coast,” she said.

To add to the palette is the $19.5 million green bridge to Chevron Island. The green bridge design also adopts principles of the voronoi and will provide an arrival experience into the precinct with informal seating, an area for a pop-up food cart or performance and capturing views of the Surfers Paradise skyline and landscape.

The $80 million infrastructure will add to the uniquely Gold Coast cultural experience and will be delivered over the next two years.

Recently appointed green bridge contractor, a joint venture between Georgiou Group Pty Ltd and Brady Marine & Civil Pty Ltd, is also finalising design with works to commence in November for an October 2019 completion.

Both the art gallery and green bridge will complement the HOTA Outdoor Stage which is fast becoming a venue of choice for leading national and international performers.

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