Call for entries: Gold Coast Australia International Competition ‘cultural heart and soul’

• December 11, 2012

Gold Coast Call for entries: Gold Coast Australia International Competition cultural heart and soulAustralia’s sixth largest city – the Gold Coast – has announced a global design competition to develop it’s ‘cultural heart and soul’.

Designers are being invited for form multi-disciplinary teams ready for the two-stage competition, to be launched in March 2013.

Shortlisted teams will each receive $A250,000 to develop their designs.

+ Summary of steps – design competition

December 2012: International media announcement signalling the design competition to be launched in early 2013
March – May 2013: Entry period opens and runs for six weeks
May 2013: Shortlisted design teams announced
September 2013: Winning design team announced and designs showcased at public exhibition and online

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Winning team and design sought for city’s cultural heart

Teams keen to take up the opportunity to produce a winning design for a world-class cultural precinct that will transform the Gold Coast’s cultural heart will be invited to participate in a global design competition early in 2013.

Gold Coast Mayor, Councillor Tom Tate, today unveiled Council’s plan to develop Evandale as the epicentre of culture for Australia’s 6th largest city.

Cr Tate today (11/12) issued a call to leading national and international design teams to be ‘on their marks’ and ready for a major global design competition in the New Year.

This is a signal to begin assembling multi-disciplinary teams capable of delivering outstanding contemporary design that is quintessentially Gold Coast. Evandale will become the hub of artistic occupation for the city, a place that showcases the Gold Coast’s unique cultural and creative life and a place where the community will come together to engage with arts and culture.

Cr Tate

He said the competition should be an exciting opportunity for designers to work within a magnificent 17-hectare site.

Council’s vision for the cultural precinct encompasses state-of-the-art facilities in the performing arts, visual arts and new media, set in creatively landscaped surroundings.

It will become a destination for residents and visitors wanting to connect with the essence of the Gold Coast and be part of the unique cultural buzz of the city.

The competition will be launched in March 2013. Design teams will have six weeks to submit entries.

Following this initial submission process, an independent expert jury will select up to three teams to be offered $250,000 each to develop detailed proposals for the cultural precinct.

It is expected that final designs will be exhibited for the public to view and the winner selected by the jury in late 2013.

The winning team will play a part in changing the face of our city. And they will enjoy global attention, with the Gold Coast hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

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