HOTA Project

  • Project typeArts & culture
  • Project schedule2013 - ongoing
Aerial of HOTA with Surfers Paradise in the background

The Home of the Arts project (HOTA) is the City's 16.9 hectare cultural precinct, located within walking distance from Surfers Paradise. Stage one has already delivered an outdoor stage and concert lawn, and a Green Bridge to Chevron Island. The HOTA Gallery opened in May 2021.

HOTA has fast become the beating heart and home of arts and culture on the Gold Coast.

A masterplan for the 16.9-hectare site was developed following an international design competition in 2013. ARM Architecture + Topotek1 won the competition with a flexible design that allowed the cultural precinct to be delivered in stages. The design team worked with the City's project team throughout 2014 to fine tune the site-wide masterplan for HOTA.

The masterplan retains all the features of their design, including a gallery, improved performing arts facilities, an art hotel, cafés and an outdoor artscape. HOTA is coming alive with 24-hour activity, and a world-class artistic and cultural program.

This 10 to 15-year project is delivering a cultural destination for residents and visitors to come together to engage with arts and culture.

Assets delivered to date include:

HOTA Gallery

  • The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery project opened in May 2021.
  • HOTA worked with managing contractor, Hansen Yuncken to develop the brief.
  • Built over six-levels, the visual arts facility has over 2000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space.
  • Space includes a 1000m2 main exhibition gallery designed for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale as well as a children's gallery, exhibition space for the City Collection and temporary collections, and 900m2 of collection storage, work space and crate storage.
  • The new gallery provides a physical and visual connection between the existing HOTA, Council Chambers and HOTA outdoor stage and concert lawn.
  • It brings a vibrant energy, creating connections throughout the precinct.

HOTA Green Bridge

  • A $19.5 million green bridge to Chevron Island was completed in 2020.
  • The pedestrian and cycle link spans 130 metres across the Nerang River, connecting HOTA to the Thomas Drive retail and restaurant strip.
  • The bridge brings HOTA within walking distance of Surfers Paradise and the light rail corridor via Chevron Island.
  • The J-shaped landing over the lake at HOTA features a striking three-dimensional façade titled 40 Million Mornings.
  • The folded form and golden hue represents the colour of the sun on the Nerang River over 40 million mornings.

HOTA Outdoor Stage and Concert Lawn

  • A $37.5m outdoor stage and concert lawn was completed in December 2017.
  • It accommodates audiences of up to 5000.
  • It can cater for concerts, events and festivals and is an important civic reception venue.

Future stages outlined in the masterplan could include:

  • new and refurbished performing arts facilities
  • the great terrace
  • completion of the outdoor artscape works.

HOTA Gallery complete

Watch Our cultural evolution –HOTA Gallery complete video.

View the HOTA Gallery construction timelapse video.


135 Bundall Road, Bundall 4217  
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