Australia’s Gold Coast is on a global quest to develop a cultural heart and soul through the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct design competition. Due to be formally launched by Gold Coast City Council in 2013, this initiative will invite the world’s leading multi-disciplinary design teams to participate in a two-stage competition.
The challenge will be to create compelling design concepts that reflect the Gold Coast’s quintessential character while demonstrating worlds best practice in landscape, urban and architectural design. The site for this new cultural precinct will be the 17-hectare Evandale site, in the heart of the city.
Gold Coast City Council has produced a vision document aimed at providing prospective teams with an initial understanding of the city’s vision and needs for the cultural precinct. The vision document addresses a range of characteristics that underscore the competition’s intent. These include:
The independent expert jury will evaluate and select one winning design concept. It is anticipated that this will be communicated in September 2013 and publicly viewable online and in an exhibition at the Gold Coast City Gallery.
Up to three teams will be shortlisted and paid $250,000 each to embark on detailed concept design in response to a design brief. The ‘prize’ for the winner of the design competition is a contract to deliver subsequent design services towards the realisation of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.