RKA wins University competition

Samy Mansour
Thursday 26 Jun 2008

Richard Kirk Architects in association with ML Design reach success in competition for the University of Queensland building, Brisbane

The six level building contains a wide range of teaching spaces including: seminar rooms, staff offices, student resource areas, a 250 sq m auditorium and a function room opening out onto landscaped roof terraces. The lower two floors will include specialist training spaces where both the design of the spaces (layouts, fixed furniture etc.) and the integration of advanced AV equipment will enable the university to utilise for the first time, new advances in teaming methodology.

The building is located overlooking the main forecourt of the University and will figure prominently in the redevelopment of this important area for the University. It is the first building to be constructed in this prestigious location in 30 years. The project design responds to the site by addressing its largely landscaped setting and the surrounding buildings. The building's success is in the manner in which it engages with the existing campus master plan and the way in which it provides the University with a new building typology that exemplifies significant advances in the inclusion of ESD features.

Uniquely for a building on the campus, GPN4 will present a five storey high glazed screen on its main public façade which will not only enable the University to display its operations more overtly, but also enable occupants of the five storey high internal atrium space that is behind the glazed screen to enjoy long distance views to the West End and the mountain ranges beyond.

The building will adopt best practice ESD principles (natural day lighting, rain water re-use, monitoring etc).

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