Stage one of the $365 million landmark Gold Coast Cultural Precinct has been secured with $5.6 million allocated for design and construction planning in the City Budget 2014-15. View the City Budget.


The winning design revealed

From a Stage One pool of 75 entries from across the globe, and three shortlisted Stage Two entries by ARM Architecture, Nikken Sekkei and CRAB-VOGT_DBI, the jury has selected a winner.
Mayor Tom Tate revealed this decision on 21 November 2013.

He said, "the winning design by ARM Architecture + Topotek1 will surprise and delight... It paints a clear picture for our cultural precinct. It is a playful and seriously clever design, finely attuned to the character of the Gold Coast. It will deliver the arts and cultural facilities we need. It will create a civic place that we can all be proud of."

The public exhibition of the design competition concluded at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on 15 December 2013. A touring exhibition of the winning entry visited city venues in 2014 and is now based at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

DESIGNS FOR A NEW GOLD COAST CULTURAL PRECINCT provides an overview of the winning design and include a documentary short-film about the competition process and participants.

If you can't visit the exhibition you can view the COMPETITION OUTCOMES, including animations and a souvenir catalogue here

Mayor Tate announced that the City of Gold Coast Council will be proceeding immediately with detailed master planning and development of a business case for funding of this important project to be delivered in stages.

“We will be identifying early works that may be fast-tracked in readiness for 2018 when our City hosts the Commonwealth Games.”


“And to build the ‘soft infrastructure' of the Gold Coast's artistic talent, creative spirit and cultural networks, we will also be implementing our new Gold Coast Culture Strategy 2013-23. Response of community members who have viewed the exhibition has been resoundingly supportive. I am confident that these opportunities will forge an exciting new era in our City's development over coming years."

Winner Announced - ARM


The winner is - ARM Architecture

One of Australia’s leading creative design firms has won the international design competition for a landmark cultural precinct for the City of Gold Coast.After a competition spanning eight months, an independent jury unanimously selected the winning team – ARM Architecture - from three respected shortlisted competitors:




ARM’s distinctive geometric web, or voronoi, design was praised by jurors as ‘playful and inclusive’, promising to entice residents and visitors to experience and participate in production of the Gold Coast’s arts and culture.

View the submission here