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HOTA Project

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

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Gold Coast Cultural Precinct

A place where culture is everyday

A striking cultural destination is under development on Australia’s Gold Coast. HOTA, Home of the Arts will be the new heart for arts, culture and creative enterprise in the city. Constructed on 16.9 hectares it is within walking distance of Surfers Paradise.

It includes state-of-the-art visual and performing arts facilities and a programmed outdoor artscape. When completed, HOTA will support the city’s already thriving cultural evolution.

The concept for our new cultural centre was the result of an international design competition that took place in 2013. The winning design was awarded to ARM Architecture + Topotek1.

The design team worked closely with the City’s project team throughout 2014 to fine-tune the site-wide master plan for HOTA.

The master plan retains all the features of the competition-winning design. The design included 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.

The $37.5 million outdoor stage and concert lawn was completed in December 2017. This included an outdoor stage and concert lawn for audiences of up to 5000. It can cater for concerts, events and festivals and is 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; a significant draw card for cultural enthusiasts, residents and visitors alike. The purpose-built visual arts facility will be used for exhibitions, education and engagement. It will be youthful, ambitious, adaptable and collaborative, reflecting the Gold Coast itself.
  • Green Bridge to Chevron Island, bringing 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 outlined in the master plan include:

  • new and refurbished performing arts facilities
  • the 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 and 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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