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Schuler Shook contributes to new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct design

Schuler Shook contributes to new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct design
December 6, 2013

As theatre consultants, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners help define the spatial relationships of performance theatres and recently advised on audience and service access points as part of ARM Architecture's multidisciplinary team that submitted the winning plan for the new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.

Schuler Shook are delighted that the overall precinct design that was described by jurors as "a bold and inclusive reimagining of what a cultural precinct might be, seeking to engage the widest possible demographic."

The winning design in this international competition was selected from 75 Stage One entries and three shortlisted Stage Two submissions.

Commenting on Schuler Shook's pleasure at being involved in the winning design, Partner Robert Shook, ASTC explained "Schuler Shook is extremely pleased to be a part of ARM's extraordinary design team for this significant arts project.

"We are looking forward to collaborating once again with ARM, with whom we completed the very successful renovation of Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne."

The project team consisted of Shook, as Partner in Charge of Theatre Planning; Jim Hultquist, ASTC, as Senior Theatre Planner, working from Schuler Shook's Melbourne office; while noted Australian theatre consultant Richard Stuart will once again be part of Schuler Shook's team for this project, as he was for the Hamer Hall renovation.

The project is another success for US-based Schuler Shook Theatre Planners having been involved in a number of major projects in Australia, New Zealand and Asia in recent years.

Recent and current projects have included:

• Aotea Centre, ASB Auditorium
• Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
• Belconnen Arts Centre
• Bendigo Theatre
• Lyric Theatre, Sydney
• Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Centre, Independent Verification
• Sydney Opera House, The Studio Study
• West Kowloon Cultural District Preliminary Planning.

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