Australia’s Gold Coast is on a global quest to develop a cultural heart and soul through the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct design competition. Formally launched by Gold Coast City Council in 2013, this initiative invites the world’s leading multi-disciplinary design teams to participate in a two-stage competition. Their challenge is to create compelling design concepts that reflect the Gold Coast’s quintessential character while demonstrating world’s best practice in landscape, urban and architectural design. The site for this new cultural precinct is the 17-hectare Evandale site, in the heart of the city.
The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct design competition is the first in a series of three key phases to deliver the project:
- Phase one: Two-stage design competition (March-September 2013).
This starts with an open invitation to participate and leads to the shortlisting of up to three teams, each of which will be asked to submit a detailed concept design. A winner will be chosen at the end of Phase one, based on the best submitted design proposal.
- Phase two: Preliminary design.
The winning designer in association with the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct project team will explore and refine the opportunities of the winning concept design. This period will include community consultation, commercial analysis and budget planning.
- Phase three: Project delivery.
This includes detailed design and documentation, leading ultimately to the delivery of the project.
Fees and prize
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.
Fact sheet for design teams embarking on the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct design competition.