Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion
BCEC on Grey Street is a major expansion of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, but also a completion of the concept of the original building which was discontinued in 1996 due to a then dispersal of Government funds to other public projects.
The time delay has significantly befitted the overall facility in enabling its elements to meet the changing demands for conventions toward smaller, more boutique and more self-contained venues combining auditoria, meeting and exhibition spaces within discrete parcels.
The design, albeit by the same architects, does not mimic the original but reflects the changing functional demands in a new form and expression. This expression also responds to a site some 200 meters long and only 30 meters wide, creating what we refer to as an ‘architectural sentence’ of ‘clauses’ and ‘punctuations’ in both elevation and corresponding roofscape.
In this way, a previously impoverished portion of Grey Street is enlivened, the building connecting the historical rail station it overlooks with the commercial and hotel heart of South Bank.
Architects: Cox Architecture
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Client: South Bank Corporation
COX Team: Michael Rayner AM, Brendan Gaffney, Hang Ling, Peter Hale, Eric Buhrs, Shane Horswill, Nigel Harris Arlyn Mangabat Matthew Cavanough Matthew Alder Kristian O’Brien Katie Holzberger Spyros Barberis, Philip Atkin, Amit Pawar, Stephen Gunn, Shane Marsh, Neng Sapphokha, Mohsen Rahmanian, Max Navius, Susan Desbrosses, Brett Miles, Lauren Hickling, Sophie Benn, Stephanie Bourgeois, Natasha McGuffo,g Madeleine Webb, Megan MacKenzie, Misha Lamb, Troy Rafton, Julian Farrell
Key Consultants: WSP (Lincolne Scott), Arup, RLB, RCP
Contractor / Builder: Lang O’Rourke
Gross Floor Area: 51,800m2
Type: Cultural Center
Photographs: Angus Martin Photography, Christopher Frederick Jones, Florian Groehn Photography