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Gold Coast Cultural Precinct 

Client: Gold Coast City Council
Competition: Open two stage design competition
Winner: Ashton Raggatt McDougall

Winning submission by Ashton Raggatt McDougall

A competition to transform a unique 11 hectare site in the heart of Queensland’s Gold Coast into a major new cultural precinct. Reflecting the complexity and richness of the competition brief, the competition invites architects and landscape architects to participate, embracing cross-disciplinarily and the city’s unique form of resort modernism.


The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct design competition is the first in a series of three key phases to deliver the project:

  • Phase one: Two-stage design competition (March-September 2013).
    This starts with an open invitation to participate and leads to the shortlisting of up to three teams, each of which will be asked to submit a detailed concept design. A winner will be chosen at the end of Phase one, based on the best submitted design proposal.
  • Phase two: Preliminary design.
    The winning designer in association with the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct project team will explore and refine the opportunities of the winning concept design. This period will include community consultation, commercial analysis and budget planning.
  • Phase three: Project delivery.
    This includes detailed design and documentation, leading ultimately to the delivery of the project.