Who's in the running

ARM Architecture

Team leaders, Melbourne-based national and international architectural firm ARM Architecture, is responsible for many of Australia’s best-known cultural projects, including Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance Visitor Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Canberra’s National Museum of Australia and Perth Arena.

ARM is partnered with landscape architects TOPOTEK1 (Berlin), theatre planners Shuler Shook (US and Melbourne), acoustic engineers Marshall Day (Melbourne), sustainability and engineering consultants Arup (global), museum and exhibition designers Cunningham Martyn Design (Melbourne) and indigenous and cultural consultants Duncan Gibbs and Michael Aird (Gold Coast).

ARM Architecture


This team creates a local and international architectural alliance between respected Gold Coast-based DBI design and global architectural firm CRAB Studio (London). Landscape architecture will be led by Zurich based VOGT. CRAB is among the most recognisable names in global architecture and is known locally for its design of the nearly completed Soheil Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University.

The team will also partner with structural engineers Bollinger and Grohmann (Frankfurt), sustainability consultants Max Fordham (London), acoustic consultants Marshall Day (Melbourne), theatre consultants Theatreplan (London), urban informatics Arup (Sydney), light installation artist Bruce Munro (UK), lighting designer Andre Tammes; and a support team of Gold Coast-based companies: GMP quantity surveyors, Habitat ecological engineers, AECOM transport, building and acoustic consultants, UPS urban planning, CERTIS accessibility consultant, Robert Bird structural engineer and TDLD lighting consultants.

Nikken Sekkei

Japan’s largest architectural firm, Nikken.JP (Tokyo) is partnered with landscape architects Earthscape (Tokyo) and art museum managers Mori Art Museum (Japan) to form the core team. Nikken Sekkei’s many cultural projects include Japan’s Hoki Museum, Pola Museum and Hyogo Performing Arts Centre.

Additional expertise will be sought through a support team including civil engineers Nikken Sekkei Civil, sustainability consultants Nikken Sekkei Research Institute, and Brisbane architects Lambert and Smith and quantity surveyors Mitchell Brandtman (Australia).

Japan’s largest architectural firm, Nikken Sekkei