HOTA Green Bridge
[ INFRASTRUCTURE / PUBLIC REALm]
The Home of the Arts (HOTA) Green Bridge is a locally transformative infrastructure project that unlocks direct pedestrian and cycle access to and from Chevron Island and the Home of the Arts across the Nerang River through to the heart of Surfers Paradise. The bridge is the second phase of the HOTA Master Plan to be delivered with the HOTA Gallery currently under construction and the HOTA Outdoor Stage being delivered in 2017.
Unique to the HOTA precinct is the all-encompassing adoption of nature’s most robust but delicate shape, the Voronoi, as a site organising principle overtly manifesting throughout almost all landscape and built form architectural elements. The complexity of adopting the Voronoi’s organic cellular structure is a challenge that passed through to Archipelago as the project Landscape Architects and Architects for the Design and Construct Delivery of the Bridge by Georgiou Brady Joint Venture as the Design and Construct Contractor.
Beyond the complexity of articulating the Voronoi arrangement throughout all the bridge design components to realise a holistic and masterplan faithful vision, our design team led the curation and coordination of the art. This included selecting and briefing the artists, curating and convening the art selection panel, developing the selection criteria and ratifying the selection process and outcomes.
The Archipelago design leaders for this project worked creatively and closely with project artists Warren Langley and Jess Austin to collaboratively develop their winning concept of 40 million mornings and the surrounding landscape into a cohesive arrival experience that cossets the bridge within the artwork and a sculptural native landscape composition.
Our leadership on this project was significant and successful but not without a host of unpredictable challenges, throughout the process our role as an intermediary between art, design and hardnose construction. We led the resolution of materiality, durability and general arrangement disputes, seeking innovative material alternatives and detailing, counselling the artist and the contractor in turn, mediating between artist, contractor and client to achieve a stunning design result made all the better by the challenges faced throughout the delivery.
Ultimately the quality and creativity of the design and construction will speak for itself but we know that the collaboration and collective ingenuity of designers, engineers, and project managers from both sides of the contractual fence in combination with the artists talents and vision will realise an exceptional piece of infrastructure literally and figuratively linking the Home of the Arts with Surfers Paradise.
View a video of the current construction works here.
City of Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise. Current.