HOTA Project

A striking new cultural destination is planned for Australia’s Gold Coast.

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Gold Coast Cultural Precinct

A striking new cultural destination is under development on Australia’s Gold Coast. Being delivered on a 16.9 hectare site, within walking distance of Surfers Paradise, HOTA, Home of the Arts will be a heart for arts, culture and creative enterprise. It will become the Gold Coast’s place to be for residents and visitors alike.

With new visual and performing arts facilities and a programmed outdoor artscape, the completed HOTA will support the city’s already thriving cultural evolution.

The winning concept for our new heart for arts and culture – by ARM Architecture + Topotek1 - is the result of an international design competition during 2013.

During 2014, the design team worked with the City to finely tune the site-wide Masterplan for HOTA, formally known as Evandale. This blueprint for a cultural destination for residents and visitors can evolve in stages over the next 10 to 15 years, as our city grows and as we can afford it.

It retains all the features of the competition winning design - an international standard city gallery, performing arts centre and outdoor artscape.

With an art hotel, creative industries, cafes and other facilities, HOTA will come alive with 24-hour activity and a world-class artistic and cultural program. Early work began late 2015 to enable completion of the $37 million outdoor stage and concert lawn completed in December 2017. A key element of Stage 1a, the outdoor stage and concert lawn can hold audiences of up to 5000. It caters for concerts, events and festivals as well as being an important civic reception venue.

View the video of the Mayor's announcement:

Stage 1b to keep the city way ahead

By 2020, Stage 1b will provide:

  • A $60.5 million international-standard art gallery to become a significant cultural attractor. The purpose-built visual arts facility for exhibitions, education and engagement will be youthful, ambitious, adaptable and collaborative, reflecting the Gold Coast itself.
  • Green bridge to Chevron Island to bring HOTA within easy reach of Surfers Paradise and the light rail corridor to the east. The pedestrian and cycle bridge is due for completion by late 2019 with a budget of $19.5 million.
Cultural Precinct Ampitheatre - artist's impression

Image: HOTA Gallery concept design July 2018.

Cultural Precinct Ampitheatre - artist's impression

Image: 2014 Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan, including Stage 1 versatile outdoor space (subject to change during detailed design).

Future stages outlines in the Masterplan, include new and refurbished performing arts facilities. great terrace and completion of the outdoor artscape works.

Stay up to date with the evolution of HOTA

While the city builds its cultural future, we will regularly communicate key information on the project, construction progress as well as events and activities at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

For more information view our HOTA Project page.

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