Design Parallels with Proposed Contemporary Art Gallery at the Old RAH

 

On Saturday November 5 the Advertiser revealed ‘secret plans’ for the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, which dramatically included a “stylised ‘white box’ housing a $250 million contemporary art gallery, and a nearby underground concert hall” for the proposed $1 billion site.

We support the intent of this proposal.

The East End needs a cultural anchor which can contribute to the vision for a Greater Riverbank Precinct Implementation Plan - and Adelaide needs the International drawcard of a contemporary art gallery. In fact, these were recommendations we made in our ‘Open Ideas’ competition proposal for the Old RAH site in 2013.

Our competition proposal sought to create a Centre of Contemporary Culture and Arts, COCCAthat would have three key design moves: introduce a contemporary art gallery and cultural centre to the East End (with subterranean entrance), return a large part of the site back to the Botanic Gardens, including extending the lake, and add a diverse mixed use program to surrounding buildings to activate the precinct.


We support the intent of this proposal. The East End needs a cultural anchor which can contribute to the vision for a Greater Riverbank Precinct Implementation Plan - and Adelaide needs the International drawcard of a contemporary art gallery.


A Contemporary Art Gallery and underground concert hall could radically inject the traditions of artisans and the arts into inspiring and renewing the mindset and identity of a city, whilst activating the existing site beyond the current proposal of hotel, residential and commercial yields. 

The recent proposal being oated to the media adopts these key design moves, and we couldn’t be prouder. Our 2013 entry was featured in the competitions ‘long list’, and aimed to create a new lease of cultural life in the former hospital site 

Read the recent proposal in the Advertiser here

See our 2013 proposal here