HOTA Bridge Opens

And it’s finished! The blue green bridge, the second completed stage of our HOTA Masterplan, is officially open. 

The 130-metre bridge, designed by ARM, Archipelago and CUSP, is for pedestrians and bikes and spans the Gold Coast’s Nerang River. It connects HOTA to Surfers Paradise via Chevron Island.

Video by Robert Luxford

The landing at the HOTA end curves out over Evandale Lake. It’s wrapped with a striking three-dimensional façade—an artwork called 40 Million Mornings, created by artists Warren Langley and Jess Austin and curated by our partners at Archipelago.

The folded form and golden hue represent the sun on the Nerang River over the past 40 million mornings, using the themes of water and open hands to illustrate the notion of past, present and future.

The bridge façade is lit up at night, becoming a striking beacon reflected in the lake.

[Image courtesy of the City of Gold Coast]

First people to stroll from HOTA to Chevron Island back as the bridge opens on Sunday 2 February.

Like the rest of our HOTA precinct, the balustrades and pavement have a unifying design motif: the cellular structure of the Voronoi, nature’s most robust but delicate shape.

We’re realising our HOTA masterplan in stages. The HOTA Outdoor Stage, also with CUSP, was completed in 2017. The HOTA Gallery is under construction.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate cuts the ribbon.