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    Collaborative thinking wins Architects’ $75m bid for Queensland University of Technology project

    Bonnie Tai

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    A collaborative effort between Australia’s Wilson Architects and Scandinavian firm Henning Larsen Architects, has won the tender to design QUT’s $75 million education precinct.

    Commenting on their tender win, Wilson Architects says that the Precinct - which includes a new teaching building for the Faculty of Education, Oodgeroo Unit and E-Learning Services - will position the university at the forefront of education studies in the region.

     “This project will be a flagship and transformative development for QUT, offering new teaching and learning opportunities in a stimulating and sustainable world-class environment,” says Hamilton Wilson, Managing Director of Wilson Architects.

    An old hand at designing educational institutes, Wilson’s portfolio includes the Lilley Centre at Brisbane Grammar School, JCE Education Central, Griffith Business School G42 and the UNSW Faculty of Medicine Wallace Wurth Extension.

    Anders Saelan, Partner and Architect at Henning Larsen Architects says that although Australia leads the global education sector in terms of their approach to learning there is room for design inspiration from his home country.  

    “In Scandinavia, we have a strong history in this field as well, and I think that we can inspire each other and create innovative and effective learning environments by pooling our knowledge and references,” he explains.

    A new pedestrian hub for the campus with strong connections with the Kelvin Grove Community is also on the agenda, and Wilson Architects + Henning Larsen Architects will be partnering with landscaping experts Taylor Cullity Lethlean to collaborate this part of the project.

    “We will design an integrated campus that inspires the imaginations of the students both inside the classroom and out, and builds on the strong and vibrant community of the university,” says Wilson. 

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