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The vision for South Bank's new theatre has been revealed

Brisbane Times logo Brisbane Times 15/05/2019 Felicity Caldwell

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The vision for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre's new 1500-seat performing arts theatre at South Brisbane has been unveiled.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the $150 million venue would be built at the Playhouse Green at South Bank ahead of last year's budget.

A shortlist of five design firms was drawn up and asked to develop concept designs earlier this year, with architect Blight Rayner + Snøhetta due to be announced as the winning tenderer on Wednesday.

The Queensland Cultural Centre was designed by architect Robin Gibson and developed in four stages from 1976 and 1988.

A fifth stage, QPAC's Playhouse Theatre, was completed in 1998.

Concept design images released on Wednesday provide a sneak peek of the vision for the theatre, including glass features, wood panelling, greenery and a grand staircase inside, with the exterior mirroring Mr Gibson's brutalist style.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Concept design images for the new South Bank theatre have been released. © Supplied Concept design images for the new South Bank theatre have been released. "This stunning world-class design respects the original design by Robin Gibson, while providing a unique identity for QPAC's fifth theatre," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"The Palaszczuk government's commitment of $125 million towards the $150 million new theatre is the largest investment in Queensland arts infrastructure since the Gallery of Modern Art."

Deputy Premier and member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said the theatre's design recognised the region's cultural heritage.

With the addition of a new theatre, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre will become Australia's largest performing arts centre, delivering capacity for an extra 260 performances and 300,000 visitors every year.

The venue will support the Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland and Queensland Theatre.

a close up of a busy city street: The facade of the new performing arts theatre would complement the brutalist style of Robin Gibson. © Supplied The facade of the new performing arts theatre would complement the brutalist style of Robin Gibson. It will support more than 100 jobs during construction and more than 40 new full-time jobs at QPAC upon completion.

Late last year, Brisbane Times revealed parts of QPAC may need to be demolished to make way for the new theatre.

The theatre is due to be completed by late 2022, hosting ballet, opera, drama, physical theatre and musical theatre.

QPAC hosts more than 1000 performances every year, with 1.3 million visitors in 2017.

The debate over whether Brisbane needs a new theatre has raged for years, including a study on the need for a new QPAC-style theatre in 2012 and exploration of the idea in late 2015.

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