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celebrating 75 years


“Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together...� Vincent Van Gogh


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acknowledgements

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timeline

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civic and cultural

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commercial and industrial

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education

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health and aged care

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retail

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spor t and recreation

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residential

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design competitions


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acknowledgements The projects within this book are a brief snapshot from an extensive body of work made possible through the patronage, collaboration and trust of our clients. We thank each and every one of you for the opportunities you have provided our practice over the past 75 years. We also acknowledge the consultants who have worked with us to bring these projects to life and the pdt team, past and present, who share our vision and contribute so much to our practice through hard work, ingenuity, dedication and collegiality.


our partners

pdt architects

Susan Playford, Managing Director

For 75 years, pdt architects has produced innovative, creative and intelligent design.

Ian Downing, Director Tony Farmer, Director Laurence Taylor, Director

Nathan Clausen, Associate David Evans, Senior Associate Pieter Melis, Senior Associate Graham Miklejohn, Senior Associate Mike Musil, Senior Associate Ray Pini, Senior Associate Richard Patenaude, Senior Associate Miranda Sheehan, Senior Associate

Over time, pdt’s designs have become the commercial, cultural and public buildings we recognise as state landmarks today, forming a rich visual representation of Queensland’s history. Today, the pdt team works on projects of all sizes providing designs for master planned developments through to small community projects. Regardless of the size or scope of the project, we continue to offer a personal and dedicated service. We believe that upholding strong design principles, instigating a collaborative working process and building solid

relationships with our clients is as important to today as it was 75 years ago. So although our designs continue to evolve and our technology has advanced, the principles of our practice remain at the heart of every project we work on. pdt remains one of the largest architecture practices in Queensland offering a cohesive service encompassing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning and urban design.


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celebrating 75 years

1938

1980’s

Robin Dods and Stewart Thorpe purchase the practice, becoming Langé Powell, Dods & Thorpe.

Langé Powell, Dods & Thorpe expands to employ more than 40 staff and moves offices to Fortitude Valley.

Langé Powell, Dods & Thorpe becomes Powell, Dods and Thorpe.

1909 pdt’s founder, Langé Leopold Powell commences practice in Brisbane.

1920 -1922 Langé Powell is architect for St Martins War Memorial Hospital.

1938 – 1945 Despite the difficulties of working in wartime, enduring relationships are established with commercial clients including Millaquin Sugar Company (now Bundaberg Sugar), GJ Coles & Coy Ltd (now Coles Supermarkets) and National Bank of Australasia Ltd (today’s NAB).

1960-1970 Langé Powell, Dods & Thorpe diversify. Clients now include shopping centres, commercial premises and sporting venues.

1980’s Major areas of work include public education, health care, commercial and cultural projects including the Regents Theatre re-development.

1990’s Powell, Dods and Thorpe branches into north Queensland forming a relationship with Townsville-based practice Macks Robinson.

1957

1923-1928 8 December 1924 Langé Powell wins the design competition for the United Grand Lodge of Queensland.

Langé Powell, Dods & Thorpe moves to large premises at 30 Herschell Street – a building designed for Millaquin Sugar Company Ltd.

1960-1970 Designs are completed for Mactaggarts Building, Pacific Fair, Ipswich Plaza, Bob Jane T-Mart and Coles and Kmart stores throughout Queensland.


2001 Powell, Dods & Thorpe rebrands to the acronym pdt.

1996 Work commences on a master plan for the Brisbane Arcade reintroducing a unity of design detail and purpose to the arcade while promoting its historical significance.

1996

2008- 2013

Powell, Dods & Thorpe, in association with Davenport Campbell and Donovan Hill, wins the Queensland Government Architectural Design Competition for 75 William St – Neville Bonner Building.

pdt, in association with STH and Hassell architects, undertakes the design of the state of the art Gold Coast University Hospital.

2003 2000’s The landscape and interiors teams expand providing seamless architectural, interiors and landscape architecture services.

2013

Suncorp Stadium opens to the public. Designed by pdt to reflect Queensland’s subtropical climate and outdoor lifestyle, the Stadium quickly gains local and national acclaim winning multiple architectural awards.

pdt continues as one of Queensland’s largest architectural practices producing a mixture of iconic, creative and practical design for the local and national community.

2005 pdt and Macks Robinson formally merge as Macks Robinson pdt in Townsville.

2000’s

2006-2010

Powell, Dods and Thorpe continues to champion work in the retail sector designing QueensPlaza (in association with RTKL), the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre expansion and Stockland Townsville.

pdt undertakes work for more than 350 state schools across Queensland as part of Building the Education Revolution and Preparatory Schools Queensland.


civic and cultural

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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year 2010

location Bribie Island

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seaside museum “The Seaside Museum at Bribie Island provides a unique recreational and education hub for the local community and tourists. Perfectly situated, the building is nestled amongst shady trees with frontages to the beach. The open plan, natural-lit space caters for exhibits, functions and screenings of short films in its micro-cinema.� Australian Design Review 17 May 2010

recognition commendation Australian Institute of Architecture in 2010


discipline architecture, masterplanning, interior design, landscape architecture

year 2012

location Darwin

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defence of darwin museum “A place to exchange stories and fire the imagination (and) to add new family tales and memories to the record.� Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce Opening of the WW2 Defence of Darwin Experience February 2012


discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year 2008

location Hamilton

recognition Winner Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Award 2009

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northshore riverside café streetscape and parklands “Reference to indigenous plants and animal species through interpretive and engaging artwork promotes the unique history of the site.” Nathan Clausen, Associate and Landscape Design Team Leader

In association with VIVO (landscape architecture) and Urban Art Projects (Public art and urban furniture)


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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year 2009

location Cleveland

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redland performing arts centre Providing a creative centre for Redland and its outlaying island communities was key to the design of this performance space and community and cultural hub. The new and existing buildings are connected through a vertical tower with a working sundial anchored over the auditorium and stage. A public square and piazza with a speakers’ platform provides a communal area for patrons.


discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture masterplanning

year 2013

location Northlakes

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the corso

Situated in the heart of Northlakes, the Corso has been designed to address the cultural needs of the growing community. The Corso provides spaces for public expression and self-expression through a public library, young people’s space and community centre. The space features a parallel public art theme ‘Yurri Gurri – Come this Way’ which promotes community access and activity. Yurri Gurri was developed in consultation with traditional indigenous land owners and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

recognition Awarded Five Star Green Star approval for design and documentation of the Corso


commercial and industrial

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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year 2010

location Coolangatta

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gold coast low cost terminal “We used the elements of the Gold Coast, its beach, its nightlife and the hinterland to inspire the colour palette. Throughout the terminal and on the external façade the use of midnight blue, lime green, warm orange and aqua blue give visitors a glimpse of the Gold Coast – its vibrancy, its excitement and its leisure lifestyle.” Annie Yang, Associate and Senior Interior Designer

recognition Awards Winner of the Best Regional Airport in Asia Pacific 2011 Winner Best Major Airport 2010 Winner Master Builders Awards 2010


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discipline interior design

year 2010

location Ipswich

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ipswich government department “pdt has done wonderful work and the Department of Education and Training offices in Ipswich is another example. Congratulations on the completion of this wonderful project. I look forward to seeing your considerable talents transforming our public spaces for many years to come�. The Department of Premier and Cabinet for Department of Education & Training offices, Ipswich


discipline interior design, landscape architecture

year 2009

location Brisbane

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telstra urban retreat “We wanted to create an engaging and relaxing area that took advantage of the Brisbane climate. Our people are using the space for lunch, informal meetings, team functions, recreation and are even taking family and friends to visit. Our employees say it’s just like being at a five-star resort.” Anthony Payne, Telstra Property Project Manager, Brisbane


education

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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, masterplanning

year 2010

location Toowoomba

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toowoomba grammar school “pdt has worked with Toowoomba Grammar School over a period of 20 years. In this time we have designed the cricket pavilion, library, junior school, teacher’s administration building, boarding house and the aquatic centre. We work collaboratively with the school during the course of each project to ensure that every building reflects the School’s long history and traditions and is sympathetic to the heritage surrounds of the Toowoomba region.” Richard Patenaude, Senior Associate

recognition Winner 2013 Master Builders Award for Health & Education facilities up to $5 Million, Toowoomba Grammar School Boarding House


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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year 2008

location Kelvin Grove

recognition Awarded a 4 Star Green Star rating for Building Design

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queensland academy for creative industries Aiming to be “the world class learning choice for the aspirational creative generation” Queensland Academy for Creative Industries combines innovation and creativity. A creative façade provides visual appeal to the exterior of the building while the incorporation of a double height art gallery, 250 seat performance venue and state of the art studios provide space for interaction and inspiration, both for studios and the visiting public.


discipline architecture interior design, masterplanning

year 2012

location Murrumba Downs

recognition Awarded a 4 Star Green Star rating for Education Design

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murrumba secondary college Built on the site of an old dairy farm, Murrumba State Secondary College is one of the first high schools to be awarded 4 star Green Star rating in Queensland. The school includes an administration centre, a special education unit, two middle and senior school general learning blocks, a hospitality and food studies building, a canteen and detail building, a library, a science and applied technology centre, a performing arts and music building, a gymnasium, a manual arts building, three staff centres, amenities and covered areas including bike sheds. The design works to minimise the impact on the existing ecosystem making functional use of the site’s natural dam and protecting the existing koala habitat. A windmill has been incorporated referencing the site’s farming history and has a practical use providing a pump for dam water.


discipline architecture, interior design

year 2012

location Townsville

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james cook university vet sciences precinct New Necropsy-Pathology laboratories, administration building and pig handling facilities were designed to both complement the surrounds and contrast with the existing buildings in the precinct. Two and a half storey-high glass atriums at both the front and rear entrances of the administration building provide a strong influx of natural light while helping to improve air quality and circulation. Classrooms and laboratories have been designed to promote active and cooperative learning while streamlining workflow process.


discipline architecture, interior design, masterplanning

year 2009

location Springfield

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education city

“We personally would like to acknowledge the contribution that pdt have made as a true believer in this project. Greater Springfield would not be what it is today without the individuals who have contributed time and energy to see our vision come alive. We thank pdt for the role you have played and hope that you continue to be a part of this project in years to come.� Maha Sinnathamby, Chairman, Springfield Land Corporation


health and aged care

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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, masterplanning

year 2013

location Gold Coast

recognition Commendation and ‘Building of the Year Award’ (mental health facility) regional AIA awards 2013

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gold coast university hospital With a total floor area of 175,000m2, the hospital establishes a new benchmark for the delivery of health care facilities in Queensland and Australia. It is one of the first fully integrated urban design, landscape and architecture health projects to incorporate a precinct strategy. Consideration for patients and staff has been applied throughout the design process resulting in an award-winning facility based on evidence-based design. Use of carefully planned courtyards and landscaping provide valuable break out spaces for patients and visitors while the atrium space of the main entrance and use of public art works help to create a welcoming and less clinical introduction to the hospital. New facilities include state of the art clinical services, teaching facilities, intensive care and surgical services, a pathology and education building, mental health unit and comprehensive cancer care centre. In association with Hassell and Silver Thomas Hanley Architects


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discipline architecture

year 2012

location Tugun

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john flynn private hospital A former ICU storage room was converted into Australia’s first fully integrated glass modular operating theatre, setting the benchmark for theatre design and technology in the region. This state of the art theatre allows a high degree of flexibility, construction and serviceability. The blue glass creates an enhanced working environment for surgical staff as well as a soothing ambience for patients.


discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year Due for completion 2015

location Springfield Central

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mater private hospital The hospital will be a truly innovative and contemporary model including the latest use of digital technologies for providing health care needs to a rapidly growing region. The six level 10,000m2 facility has been designed to include theatre space, inpatient wards, a day surgery unit and a cancer care centre.

In association with Silver Thomas Hanley Architects


discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, masterplanning

year 2010

location Spring Hill

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st andrew’s war memorial hospital “St Andrew’s Hospital engaged pdt as the architects for the recent redevelopment of its hospital. This was a challenging project requiring replacement of the oldest parts of the hospital, integration of new buildings to several existing ones and all done in a way that meant the hospital could remain open for business. Adding to the challenge, the hospital occupies all of its city block leaving no ready free space, there is significant slope on the rocky site and all of the buildings being retained are of different ages and styles. pdt took this challenging scenario, and a fairly tight budget, and designed a new clinical services block that now forms the heart of our hospital.” Dr. Ian England, General Manager, St Andrew’s Private Hospital In association with Silver Thomas Hanley Architects


discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year 2009

location Auchenflower

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the wesley hospital east wing “The pdt team has always worked consistently and collaboratively on each project with the builder and the executive team of the hospital to achieve design objectives in an open, flexible and friendly manner. I have no hesitation in recommending them to other clients.” Gerard Wyvill, Former General Manager, The Wesley Private Hospital – Wesley East Wing Development

In association with Silver Thomas Hanley Architects


discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year Due for completion 2014

location Wynnum

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the pines aged care resort regis A large extension area to the aged care resort has been designed to merge seamlessly with the existing building. The design enables accessible living for residents and respite visitors as well as providing a resort-like environment through the use of interior fixtures and fittings and exterior landscaping. The extension will provide additional beds, media room, day spa, hairdresser, library, administration offices, guest cafĂŠ area and recreation rooms including lounge and dining facilities.


retail

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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

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year 2013

location Indooroopilly

indooroopilly shopping centre expansion The expansion and redevelopment of one of Brisbane’s premier retail hubs, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre covers a total retail area of 104,000m2. A new plaza precinct has been created to give a community-focused feel to the precinct as well as provide active street frontage. Internal redevelopment includes a new fresh food area, high end shopping mall, a David Jones department store, a new supermarket as well as significant upgrades to external façades and a refurbishment of the existing retail precincts within the centre.


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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

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year 2012

location Townsville

recognition Pending accreditation for a 4 Star Green Star award for Building

stockland townsville retail centre Stockland Townsville redefines the notion of shopping in the region. Totalling 53,000m2 the centre is home to the city’s first Myer department store. Carefully reconfigured to showcase 180 new specialty stores as well as the latest Woolworths concept, the layout encourages foot traffic and promotes the Stockland vision.


discipline architecture, interior design

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year 2008

location Brisbane

queensplaza shopping centre “Due to their ability to provide strategic and creative design solutions, pdt’s input was fundamental in the successful development of the QueensPlaza shopping centre, a high-end, premier shopping destination with a sense of authenticity and place.” Tim Jones, Associate RCP

In association with RTKL

recognition Winner Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Award 2008


spor t and recreation

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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, masterplanning

year 2011

location Caboolture

state equestrian centre 74

The vision for the State Equestrian Centre was to create a benchmark venue for state, national and international equestrian activities as well as a venue that could be used for non-equestrian activities. Covering a vast 30 hectares, the design promotes accessibility and incorporates one of the country’s largest all weather sand areas, providing seating for over 3,000 spectators. Grass and sand warmup areas, new stables and wash bays add to the equestrian facilities. State of the art audio, access to lock up storage and food and beverage areas have been incorporated to add to the venue’s appeal for concerts, retail and trade shows.


discipline architecture, interior design

year 2003

location Milton

recognition RAIA 2005 National Awards: National Commendation RAIA 2005 State Awards: State Award RAIA 2004 State Awards: High Commendation RAIA 2004 State Awards: Blue Scope Steel Colorbond Award

suncorp stadium

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“I was closely involved with pdt architects on a daily basis for the final two years of the Suncorp Stadium project. During this time, pdt showed exceptional skills in gathering information from the client, user groups and stakeholders, and using this information to create a world class stadium for Brisbane. Their high level of organisational skills came into play in organising the documentation of the entire stadium and the external infrastructure areas. The success of the project was partly due to the documentation remaining within established project time frames and budgets.� Peter Tray, Project Manager, Queensland Government


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discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture

year 2011

location Townsville

townsville rsl stadium 80

Seating up to 2000 people, the stadium has been specially designed to allow for multiple sports including futsal, basketball, badminton, netball and volleyball. Incorporating an international-standard timber sports floor, multi-purpose function rooms, public gym and office, the Stadium can host revenueraising events such as expositions and conferences and has been designed to double as an emergency cyclone shelter for the local community.


residential

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discipline architecture, interior design

year 2011

location Brisbane

brisbane private residence 1 This private residence has been designed to seamlessly integrate flexible outdoor entertainment areas with indoor living and entertainment spaces. 84

Feature lighting brings an intimate ambience to the large volume of space while timber and stone elements define key zones within the home.


discipline architecture, interior design

year 2011

location Brisbane

brisbane private residence 2 Re-designed to centre around family life and entertainment, spacious open plan areas have been converted into welcoming contemporary living space with a strong connection to outdoor entertainment spaces. 86

A foot bridge across the lap pool creates the connection between the living and entertainment wings. Split into sections, the entertainment wing boasts a raised tropical lounge pavilion and a central teppanyaki barbeque and a self-contained guest room. The living wing is home to a large lounge and dining areas, five bedrooms, media room and galley kitchen. Upstairs a library with a whimsical and inviting feel has been created for the enjoyment of the whole family.


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the circle opens itself towards the evendale lake and offers an impressive view over the gold coast skyline.

the trumpet shaped tensile structures provide shading and cool the underling square by the by the so called “chimney effect�.

the ampitheatre is shaded and cooled as well. below and behind the theatre there are retail, gallery and office functions located.

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discipline architecture

year 2012

location Brisbane

emergency shelter exhibition Australian and international architects created an exhibition to highlight the need for emergency shelters in disaster zones.

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A multi-level space was developed out of recycled timber pallets enabling the shelter footprint to be reduced and providing the option for a divided living and sleeping or storage space. Recycling pallets from freight and product industries would raise awareness for business to be responsible with waste while providing an economically sound and versatile building material that meets community needs in times of disaster.


discipline architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design

year 2013

location Gold Coast

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Produced in response to the Gold Coast Design Competition brief, ‘Halo’ represents a distinct landmark venue that forms the iconic, cultural and civic heart of the Gold Coast.

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Highly visible, the cultural centre is designed to provide a breathtakingly fresh interpretation on performance and gathering spaces. “Halo” takes visitors on a journey existing theatre incorporated in the new living arts centre around the perimeter of the main venue and provides spectacular 360 degree views of the city and hinterland. The green roof provides an additional multifunctional space 2 for recreation and relaxation, a perfect 13 vantage point to be an active participant for the functions below. 5 1

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the re-organisation of the retained site infrastructure and the new spaces make the living arts centre a new experience. the foyer space, separated by a large glass façade creates an atrium that connects the interior and exterior of the site. this low threshold entrance and the new gre entrance organised foyer create clear sightlines through the buildingstorage where you experience all functions of the living arts centre and its surrounding context. museum


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the re-organisation of the retained site infrastructure and the new spaces make the living arts centre a new experience. the foyer space, separated nature trailby a large glass façade creates an atrium that connects the interior and exterior of the site. this low threshold entrance and the new organised foyer create clear sightlines through the building where you experience all functions of the living arts centre and its surrounding context. museum

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black box theatre recording studio paradise showroom 13 (retained) 10. cinema (retained) 11. cinema 12. great terrace

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entrance great hall collections & galleries storage, archive, services, etc. (below terrace level) 17. amphitheatre

living arts centre

the museum is incorporated in the ring at a prominent and strategic position with a direct relation with the great square. the square connects the museum and the living arts centre. within the museum, the great hall is a vast space with views of both skyline of gold coast and the artscape. the adjoining and cascading museum floors provide both visual relations and a flexible layout.

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credits pdt wishes to thank all the institutions and individuals who have kindly provided photographic materials for this book. Every effort has been made to credit photography but should there be any errors or omissions, the author would be pleased to insert the appropriate credit in any subsequent edition of this book.

timeline

civic and cultural

Langé L Powell – pdt. United Grand Lodge of Queensland – Jimmy Malecki Photography. National Bank of Australia Ann st c. 1933 – courtesy of the National Library of Australia. Pacific Fair – pdt. Regent Theatre c. 1928 – courtesy of the National Library of Australia. Brisbane Arcade – pdt. Neville Bonner building – Jimmy Malecki Photography. QueensPlaza – Aperture Photography. Gold Coast University Hospital – Christopher Frederick Jones. Upper Coomera State College – Aaron Tate.

Defence of Darwin Museum – pdt. Seaside Museum – Aperture Photography. Northshore Riverside Café Scape and Parklands – Aperture Photography. Redland Performing Arts Centre – Jimmy Malecki Photography. The Corso – pdt. commercial and industrial Gold Coast Low Cost Terminal – Aperture Photography. Government Department Ipswich – Aperture Photography. Telstra Urban Retreat – Jimmy Malecki Photography.


education

retail

residential

Toowoomba Grammar School – Aperture Photography. Queensland Academy for Creative Industries – Jimmy Malecki Photography. Murrumba Secondary College – Jimmy Malecki Photography. James Cook University – Aperture Photography. Education City – pdt.

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre – pdt. Stockland Townsville – pdt. QueensPlaza – Aperture Photography.

Private residence 1 & 2 – Aperture Photography.

health and aged care Gold Coast University Hospital – Christopher Frederick Jones, aerial photography courtesy of Lend Lease. John Flynn Hospital – Rix Ryan photography. Mater Private Hospital – pdt. The Wesley – pdt. St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital – pdt. The Pines Aged Care Resort – pdt.

design competitions sport and recreation State Equestrian Centre – Jimmy Malecki Photography. Suncorp Stadium – Kayell Photography and HOK Photography. Townsville RSL Stadium – Aperture Photography.

Emergency Shelter Exhibition – pdt. Gold Coast Design Competition – pdt, Cepezed.


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