The City of Gold Coast has unveiled concept designs for the new $60.5 million Home of the Arts (HOTA) Gallery on Thursday 19 July as the third realised element of the HOTA masterplan, with early construction works to commence September this year.
Transforming a Gold Coast governmental site into a cultural and landscape precinct, the new gallery will encompass a space of 5500 square metres, becoming one of the largest regional galleries in Australia, where City of Gold Coast’s extensive collection of art and cultural artefacts plus local and international temporary and touring exhibitions will be housed.
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is looking forward to the opening of the new gallery. “This is a beautiful, durable and functional design, offering a breathtaking rooftop experience, which will ensure the gallery becomes a cultural beacon,” he said.
The designs of the new gallery reveal the continued use of the colour scheme and three-dimensional effect on the façade as well as the Voronoi shape, like its neighbor the HOTA Outdoor Stage – a cellular-looking web laid over the entire HOTA site to bring unity and distinctiveness. The Voronoi web has parts carved out to form the foyer, verandah and terraces. There are fissures or fractures up the face of the building, inspired by the rock formations of nearby Springbrook National Park. The foyer undercroft is akin to the Natural Bridge (a rock formation at Springbrook) or maybe the space beneath a typical Queenslander house. In addition of the impressive rooftop and the foot bridge that connects the precinct to Chevron Island.
The gallery is earmarked to officially open in early 2021, offering an international-standard place of connection and innovation where art and ideas flourish, and bright functional spaces come alive. Containing playful and inclusive spaces, the gallery will present an annual exhibition program that’s ambitious in scope, unexpected, surprising, inclusive and engaging.
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