HOTA Gallery, Australia

Aurecon contributes to the cultural evolution of Australia’s Gold Coast

Over the years, the Gold Coast’s civic, artistic and cultural precinct at Evandale in South East Queensland has grown significantly with the needs of the community. Born out of the passionate desire of the citizens to celebrate and enable participation in the Gold Coast’s arts and cultural activities, the precinct has developed into ‘the’ regional arts destination.

Taking on a new identity and name – HOTA, Home of the Arts – a 17-hectare site is spreading its wings and expanding to be an Australian cultural destination on a grand scale.

One of the major creations will be the new HOTA Gallery, playing host to the city’s art collection and touring exhibitions.

Aurecon, drawing on its experience of helping to create some of Australia’s iconic cultural infrastructure, will design building services systems for the new gallery including:

  • Electrical and lighting (back-of-house)
  • Hydraulics
  • Communications
  • Electronic security and CCTV
  • Public address and audio visual

The research and preparation undertaken for the design of the building services included:

  • Working closely with the City of Gold Coast to ensure that the new gallery has synergy with the city’s cultural expression
  • Understanding the gallery precedents to work within the size of each functional area
  • Inspections and assessment of existing galleries in other major cities
  • Integration of new gallery systems with the existing buildings, developments and operational functionality within HOTA
  • Guiding exemplars of the building components to articulate the building services for each area
  • Optimising building services performance standards, design criteria and standards to ensure a AAA gallery rating is achieved

Aurecon’s approach is to blend the building services systems with the building form to achieve a balance between functional and programming requirements. As HOTA and its gallery are situated between the beach and the hinterland, the form of the building will reflect the connection with the environment and the visual arts it contains.

The Gallery will create the opportunity to effectively and securely present exhibitions of an international scale and content, as well as the best in local contemporary Australian art and design. It will be a defining characteristic at HOTA and a must-see destination for residents and visitors.

Design of the gallery began in 2018 with commissioning expected for late 2020. Aurecon is proud to be part of the team expanding HOTA and contributing to the cultural evolution of the Gold Coast.

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