Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition
Conrad Gargett collaborated with Chinese design studio Turenscape to develop a proposal for the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Design Competition. Our vision for the Evendale site is one where the architecture is inseparable from the landscape. The ground plane is imagined as an integration of natural and artificial systems; a ‘dryscape’ and a ‘wetscape’.
The dryscape is the organising structure across the site and the basis for architectural and artificial interventions within the landscape. It is a network of dykes arranged in the pattern reflecting dried, cracked earth connecting the cultural heart of the site to the water’s edge; inscribing the site, to reveal the energy, colour and richness that nature holds. This network of paths form the ‘artscape’ and meander across the site, creating a series of outdoor spaces and facilities for cultural participation and artistic occupation.
The wetscape is a network of water; wetlands, ponds and pools. This strategy builds on the theme of water and enhances the natural beauty of the Evendale site through an environmental approach referencing the site’s original ecological state by constructing a series of spaces, forming an array of gardens, habitats and microclimates. This approach explores many different qualities of water by varying pH levels and vegetation in each space to generate a spectacular palette of colours and textures. The ponds are a functional system for water conservation, flood management and increasing biodiversity. The reconfiguration of the landscape has not been arbitrary, but a parametric response to floodlines, water courses and existing vegetation.
The result is a vibrant landscape, as a canvas that reflects the identity and qualities of the Gold Coast.
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