About the project

The Gold Coast Desalination Plant supports the Queensland Government strategy for providing a long term water supply solution to South East Queensland. The facility consists of a series of buildings each housing a specific engineering function in the desalination process.

The complex is sited between the Gold Coast Airport and the Gold Coast Highway close to the QLD/NSW border and accordingly is a highly visible arrival marker to South East Queensland.

The design response recalls the water purification by rendering the buildings as super scaled pipes or conduits where a singular metal single wraps the walls and roofs. An emphatic coloured graphic is applied to the roof / wall element enabling the complex to be read at a number of scales.