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Architects selected to design new Convention Centre

By Canfan 10 February 2015 29

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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has today announced the selection of architects to create a reference design for a new and significantly expanded Canberra Convention Centre.

Local firm Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) and Rome-based architect Massimiliano Fuksas have been appointed to develop a reference design for the centre. A nine-member judging panel unanimously chose the ‘poetic and sculptural treatment of architectural form’ of the initial design by Fuksas + GMB from a shortlist of seven teams.

new canberra convention centre design

Through the competition, the judges said that Fuksas + GMB demonstrated an outstanding urban design sensibility to the site, transforming and giving primacy to City Hill. The $500m-$700m project will provide Canberra with an iconic new Convention Centre.

Both GMB and Fuksas have a strong track record of successful design and delivery of large-scale public projects.

GMB was responsible for Canberra International Airport, Parliament House and numerous public projects in South East Asia, while Fuksas recently completed outstanding international projects including the New Trade Fair in Milan and Shenzen International Airport in Guangdong, China.

Selecting an initial design is an important milestone in making the new convention centre investment-ready.  Barr says that the next step is for the winning architects to work with the ACT Government, industry and stakeholders to finalise a reference design and business case for the centre.

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chewy14 8:03 am 12 Feb 15

dungfungus said :

Great funding ideas from SA Labor.
Why didn’t we think of that?
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/premier-jay-weatherill-and-treasurer-tom-koutsantonis-to-review-sa-tax-system/story-fni6uo1m-1227215642171?sv=f804401db94a50d8b523b159457b743d&net_sub_uid=98088970

Yep agree, looks like another state government has finally come to its senses and realised the absolute stupidity and inefficiency of property stamp duties vs broad based land taxes.

Hopefully the SA Libs would support such an obviously good idea but it doesn’t look promising.

dungfungus 5:15 pm 11 Feb 15

chewy14 said :

dungfungus said :

chewy14 said :

Mysteryman said :

Maya123 said :

An interesting design; it makes a great impression. Whether though it’s the best use of space, that can be argued. There appears to be a lot of outside open space on the levels, but I guess they would be nice for outside eating areas, etc. Re the National Museum; the entrance makes a good impression when walking up to it and it’s good to see some colour on a building, not just another bland coloured ho-hum building like many others about. The view of it from across the lake is not bad too.
I often think that people who criticise more colourful, adventurous buildings must live in bland, boring houses, probably with a lot of beige. But don’t worry, a high proportion of Canberra architecture out there is like that and you should find plenty to suit beige tastes.

All great points.

And all of them ignore the fact that we don’t need a new convention centre and building one would be a tremendous waste of money for a completely strained and out of control budget.

What are you actually basing your views that “we don’t need a new convention centre” on?

I agree that the ACT budget is seriously limited at the moment but I don’t think they’re actually planning on building this thing in the short term. As the article says, they’re only preparing a reference design to make the project investment ready.

The question should be “why do we need a new convention centre?”
Here is a link to most convention centres in Australia and their floor spaces (Sydney is not listed with the rest but its floor space is 100,000 sq. ft.)
Canberra has 90,000 sq. ft. which is only slightly lower than the rest.
So, why do we need a much bigger one?

I’m sure that’s exactly what the business case is for. Perhaps you should withhold judgement until then? Or do you know something that the rest of us don’t know yet?

That is a as good a reason as anything else.
Let’s see, that’s already an 11% value added bonus! It’s a deal!

dungfungus 5:12 pm 11 Feb 15

MERC600 said :

Late June 2013 I thought I’d wander down to Tassy for a look, as I do often. I reckoned I’d give myself a treat and book into the Grand Chancellor, the joint that looks over the bay. But couldn’t get in. Was told all spare rooms ( and there are apparently usually a few in winter ) were taken by some betting mob who were having a conference in the joint.
I couldn’t help but wonder , here was a crowd who would rather go to Tassy, in the middle of winter, than go to Canberra. And the more I thought of it; Yeah I think I’d pick Hobart as well.
Lets be honest, Canberra is just boring.

That “betting mob” could have been the ACT Labor Party discussing in secret, well away from Jon Stanhope, the future of their Labor Clubs.

dungfungus 5:09 pm 11 Feb 15

Time to visit the RiotACT archives.
http://the-riotact.com/new-look-convention-centre-to-inject-200m-into-economy/6054
Did the $30 million upgrade give our economy an extra $200 million a year?
I doubt it.
And the Canberra Centenary has well and truly passed with the money that could have been spent towards a “grander” convention centre being instead spent on Skywhale and other meaningless cr&p.

chewy14 4:41 pm 11 Feb 15

dungfungus said :

chewy14 said :

Mysteryman said :

Maya123 said :

An interesting design; it makes a great impression. Whether though it’s the best use of space, that can be argued. There appears to be a lot of outside open space on the levels, but I guess they would be nice for outside eating areas, etc. Re the National Museum; the entrance makes a good impression when walking up to it and it’s good to see some colour on a building, not just another bland coloured ho-hum building like many others about. The view of it from across the lake is not bad too.
I often think that people who criticise more colourful, adventurous buildings must live in bland, boring houses, probably with a lot of beige. But don’t worry, a high proportion of Canberra architecture out there is like that and you should find plenty to suit beige tastes.

All great points.

And all of them ignore the fact that we don’t need a new convention centre and building one would be a tremendous waste of money for a completely strained and out of control budget.

What are you actually basing your views that “we don’t need a new convention centre” on?

I agree that the ACT budget is seriously limited at the moment but I don’t think they’re actually planning on building this thing in the short term. As the article says, they’re only preparing a reference design to make the project investment ready.

The question should be “why do we need a new convention centre?”
Here is a link to most convention centres in Australia and their floor spaces (Sydney is not listed with the rest but its floor space is 100,000 sq. ft.)
Canberra has 90,000 sq. ft. which is only slightly lower than the rest.
So, why do we need a much bigger one?

I’m sure that’s exactly what the business case is for. Perhaps you should withhold judgement until then? Or do you know something that the rest of us don’t know yet?

MERC600 3:24 pm 11 Feb 15

Late June 2013 I thought I’d wander down to Tassy for a look, as I do often. I reckoned I’d give myself a treat and book into the Grand Chancellor, the joint that looks over the bay. But couldn’t get in. Was told all spare rooms ( and there are apparently usually a few in winter ) were taken by some betting mob who were having a conference in the joint.
I couldn’t help but wonder , here was a crowd who would rather go to Tassy, in the middle of winter, than go to Canberra. And the more I thought of it; Yeah I think I’d pick Hobart as well.
Lets be honest, Canberra is just boring.

krome 3:06 pm 11 Feb 15

Well I for one look forward to visiting Starfleet Command.

dungfungus 2:44 pm 11 Feb 15

dungfungus said :

chewy14 said :

Mysteryman said :

Maya123 said :

An interesting design; it makes a great impression. Whether though it’s the best use of space, that can be argued. There appears to be a lot of outside open space on the levels, but I guess they would be nice for outside eating areas, etc. Re the National Museum; the entrance makes a good impression when walking up to it and it’s good to see some colour on a building, not just another bland coloured ho-hum building like many others about. The view of it from across the lake is not bad too.
I often think that people who criticise more colourful, adventurous buildings must live in bland, boring houses, probably with a lot of beige. But don’t worry, a high proportion of Canberra architecture out there is like that and you should find plenty to suit beige tastes.

All great points.

And all of them ignore the fact that we don’t need a new convention centre and building one would be a tremendous waste of money for a completely strained and out of control budget.

What are you actually basing your views that “we don’t need a new convention centre” on?

I agree that the ACT budget is seriously limited at the moment but I don’t think they’re actually planning on building this thing in the short term. As the article says, they’re only preparing a reference design to make the project investment ready.

The question should be “why do we need a new convention centre?”
Here is a link to most convention centres in Australia and their floor spaces (Sydney is not listed with the rest but its floor space is 100,000 sq. ft.)
Canberra has 90,000 sq. ft. which is only slightly lower than the rest.
So, why do we need a much bigger one?

http://www.cvent.com/rfp/australia-convention-centers-d12566e3a987471ab07cc4707ecbe099.aspx

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