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Design practices Snøhetta and Blight Rayner Architecture have been selected to design a new theater for what will become Australia‘s largest performing arts center in Brisbane. Beating out 23 other teams, the winning proposal for the Queensland Performing Arts Center features a $150 million theater, the fifth for the center. The concept aims to bring a new image to the Gibson precinct while respecting the site’s history and context.

The heritage-listed Queensland Culture Centre first opened in 1985 and was originally designed by Brisbane architects Robin Gibson and Partners. Snøhetta and Blight Rayner‘s new addition will feature a glass facade that centers on transparency. Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton noted that, “The concept design succeeds in creating a new contemporary image for the site whilst respecting its inherent values. The building will glow by night and sparkle by day with just a glimpse of the glass visible from the city side.”

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