Jasmax and Haysom Architects, along with RPS, McCormick Rankin Cagney, Parsons Brinckerhoff and SGS Economics and Planning Pty Ltd, were commissioned in February 2010 by the Brisbane City Council to develop a Masterplan for the Brisbane Riverstage Precinct and a concept design for the Riverstage Performance Venue.
The Brisbane Riverstage occupies the south eastern end of the CBD’s Gardens Point Peninsula and is surrounded by the Botanic Gardens, the Queensland University of Technology and the Brisbane River.
The design for the precinct has developed the theme of “integration and identity” by defining
the Riverstage Venue as an iconic world class outdoor venue within a new revitalised garden landform and river setting reintegrated into QUT, the Botanic Gardens and the wider CBD. This is achieved through the creation of a series of high quality public spaces including the Domain Plaza, Gardens Pont Road shared zone, Riverstage Green and the Botanic Gardens entry.
The existing Riverstage Venue is redeveloped to create of a world class outdoor performance venue with increased capacity. This is achieved through reorientating the seating bowl to a north-south axis with the stage and new iconic building at the southern end.
This orientation takes advantage of the natural contours of the site and aligns the entry points to the bowl with the major circulation routes through the precinct from Goodwill Bridge, QUT and the Gardens. It allows the design to reflect the axis from Old Government House to the Brisbane River. This alignment also positions the stage and its associated loading area as close as possible to the vehicle entry to the Precinct from Gardens Point Road