The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has unveiled its new education precinct building located at its Kelvin Grove Campus in Brisbane, which will cost almost $95 million and be spread across 10,500sqm.
Designed by Wilson Architects and Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects, the project is said to be a model for educational precincts internationally and sets a new benchmark for contemporary and sustainable design.
John Thong, director at Wilson Architects and representative of Henning Larsen says, “This project is a flagship and transformative development for QUT, offering new teaching and learning opportunities in a stimulating and sustainable world-class environment.
“The conceptual framework for this memorable place leverages off strong connections to the existing Campus Library and Campus Pedestrian spine to reveal a highly visible, large, interconnected, terraced atrium space enabling intuitive wayfinding and a highly visibly connection into the library.”
He added, “Spaces are dynamically flexible where students can find their unique place to study and collaborate. The physical framework inspires a variety of study modes and interdisciplinary collaboration by incorporating distinctive and inspiring spatial environments to stimulate informal interactions.”
The precinct is a key aspect of QUT’s strategic objective to enhance the Kelvin Grove Campus and position the university at the forefront of educational tertiary academia through interactive and flexible facilities.
“This is a significant investment by the university in enhancing the student learning experience and continuing to provide quality teaching and education,” QUT vice-chancellor and president professor Margaret Sheil says.
“These facilities have been purpose-designed and reflect QUT’s commitment to applying technology and immersive digital environments in teaching, research and engagement.”