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On 15 May, the Queensland Government announced Blight Rayner + Snøhetta as the successful Principal Consultant design team for the new theatre at QPAC.

Drawing inspiration from the Brisbane River as an important meeting place for telling stories, the concept design respects the heritage listed Queensland Cultural Centre while creating a new place with its own identity.

Key features of the concept design include:

  • two new studio spaces located below street level visible from Russel Street and the main foyer
  • transparent foyer spaces
  • a single balcony auditorium delivering enhanced audience sight lines.

Design of the new theatre has been guided by the Conservation Management Plan, commissioned by Arts Queensland and developed by heritage consultants in 2017.