HOTA Art Gallery acoustic design

How we helped

Trinity provided acoustic design services to the international architects, ARM, for the Home of the Arts (HOTA) Art Gallery, which spans six levels, with over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space.

Further to the detailed internal acoustic design provided by Trinity, the coexistence of the HOTA Outdoor Stage Amphitheatre, adjacent to the new art gallery, presented significant acoustic challenges.

The design of the newer art gallery had to allow for complementing the concurrent use of the stage and the art gallery with appropriate acoustic isolation via the gallery building envelope. The new structure had to be designed so as to not compromise the amphitheatre acoustics or create undesirable acoustic reflections to the performers on stage or in the audience.

Trinity set up the Outdoor Stage to emulate sound from a typical jazz or rock concert and conducted a series of noise and acoustics measurements to assess the extent of noise intrusion into the new art gallery building and the reflective impact of the new building on the Outdoor Stage (amphitheatre).

Trinity conducted an analysis of reflections via ray tracing modelling and provided advice to the design team for building orientation and angling of the façade to minimise distracting reflections.

About the project

The HOTA precinct is the centre-piece of the City of Gold Coast Council’s Gold Coast Cultural Precinct masterplan. The HOTA Art Gallery is the largest gallery outside a capital city in Australia. The gallery opened in 2021, and includes a main exhibition space, dedicated children’s gallery, smaller collection spaces, artists workshops, a roof top bar, cafe and retail. Read more about the precinct on the HOTA website.

Please note, Trinity Consultants Australia is a merger of three former Queensland-founded businesses: ASK Consulting, Air Noise Environment, and Vision Environment. Many projects listed have been undertaken by current Trinity Consultants Australia team members, while operating under those former business names. Learn more about our history.


Gold Coast City Council and ARM Architecture


2015 - 2021


Gold Coast, Queensland


Architectural and construction

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