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HOTA Gallery

Construction timeline
September 2018 to end 2020
Official opening in early 2021

HOTA Project stage 1B will deliver a $60.5 million international-standard art gallery. A six-level, purpose-built visual arts facility for exhibitions, education and engagement.

HOTA Gallery is due for completion in late 2020. Youthful, ambitious, adaptable and collaborative, it reflects the Gold Coast’s personality.

Highly regarded managing contractor, Hansen Yuncken, will oversee design and construction. Hansen Yuncken managed the challenging construction of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart.

A gallery brief was developed in conjunction with HOTA. It establishes an ambition for the facility to become a significant cultural attractor for the Gold Coast.

This highly-functional gallery will accommodate the valuable, but rarely seen, City Collection. Showcasing local artists and touring exhibitions, it will be a platform for locals and visitors of all ages to engage with art and each other.

The light, sub-tropical building will have more than 2000 square metres of AAA rated exhibition space. A 1000 square metre touring exhibition gallery, will be fitted out to cater for temporary walls and ground floor retail and dining spaces.

The gallery building will have six levels plus a lower ground foyer. There will be three AAA-rated gallery floors within the tower, with a six-metre clear ceiling height to accommodate artworks.

The gallery is durable and functional in design. A breathtaking rooftop experience has sweeping Surfers Paradise skyline and hinterland views. The gallery will be a cultural beacon – a 'must see' destination for residents and visitors.

HOTA Gallery - artist impression of the entrance

The open-air entry foyer connects to the surrounding environment. It will be a journey for the senses. One of the City Collection’s signature pieces, William Robinson’s Rainforest, serves as metaphor and design cue.

You can view an animation of the gallery design on our YouTube channel.

View the live HOTA Gallery construction timelapse.

The new gallery provides a physical and visual connection between the existing HOTA, Council Chambers and HOTA Outdoor Stage and concert lawn. It will help bring a vibrant energy, creating connections throughout the precinct.

Key design features

HOTA Gallery is a vertical format building over six levels. It has more than 2000 square metres (sqm) of international standard exhibition space.

This includes:

  • a 1000-square-metre main exhibition gallery with a grand volume of six metre high walls allowing for significant pieces of art to be displayed
  • a 145-square-metre children’s gallery
  • 900 square metres of permanent collection space over three levels and connected by a main stair
  • around 1000 square metres of collection storage, workspace and crate storage area.

The design also has a rooftop experience perched at 30 metres above the ground providing:

  • 270-degree views of the city skyline and landscape
  • room inside for up to 100 people
  • room for 70 people on the outdoor terrace with views down to the outdoor stage.

A ground floor café and foyer will open onto an outdoor terrace. Positioned one metre above the top lawn of the outdoor stage, it will offer views across the amphitheatre to the outdoor stage.

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The Project Team
Phone: 07 5581 7747

Construction (after hours)
Phone: 0414 180 617

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