Move over, Louvre. Construction company Hansen Yuncken, highly regarded for managing the build of Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, has been appointed to the design and construction of the $60.5 million gallery at the new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.
The MONA build was notoriously challenging, and has achieved iconic status since its opening in 2011. Hansen Yuncken’s detailed proposal for the new Gold Coast gallery highlighted their technical prowess and creativity, beating out several other firms during the thorough tender process.
“We all know MONA now, but by Christmas 2020, the Gold Coast will be the new name on the lips of everyone interested in art and design.” Gold Coast City Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery says of the appointment.
The Arts Centre Gold Coast CEO Criena Gehrke is delighted at the appointment of such a well-regarded and experienced contractor.
“Hansen Yuncken bring a wealth of experience in building beautiful, bright, creative spaces where the art and artists are the highlight,” she says.
“I believe the new City Art Gallery will become a cultural beacon showcasing the City of Gold Coast art collection and hosting international exhibitors of a calibre never seen before on the Gold Coast.”
As well as being the largest regional gallery in Australia, the new Gold Coast venue will offer an innovative and holistic creative experience for visitors.
“It will accommodate our multimillion dollar city art collection. But it will be much more than a gallery,” says Ms Cooper-Lavery.
“It will be a must-see destination for residents and visitors to engage with art and design on a local to global scale. And the rooftop will offer panoramic views from the city skyline to Tamborine Mountain, bringing the Gold Coast into the gallery.”
Ms Gehrke agrees.
“Our intention is that the new City Art Gallery will contain playful and inclusive spaces,” she says.
This will be a place of connection and innovation where art and ideas flourish. I’m looking forward to seeing a bright, functional space come alive. Something unexpected. A place where both locals and visitors can wander, explore and engage with the art and artists. A place that becomes a true home of the arts.
The Cultural Precinct is set to be the jewel in Gold Coast’s cultural crown, with an expected long term positive effect on the city’s cultural tourism and reputation.
The gallery will complement the precinct’s new amphitheatre, (now nearing completion, with programming to begin following the GC2018), and Green Bridge to Chevron Island (which will commence after the GC2018 and be completed in October 2019.) Design of the new gallery will begin early in 2018 with commissioning scheduled for late 2020.