QUT Education Precinct recognised for design excellence in architecture awards
The space in which Queensland University of Technology (QUT) students study early childhood education and care (ECEC) has been recognised as the top education building in Queensland, with the latest state awards announced earlier this month.
Run by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Queensland Architecture Awards, saw the Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct receive triple honours, winning two state awards for both interior and sustainable architecture, as well as the Jennifer Taylor award for education architecture.
Having opened in 2019, the precinct was praised for its sustainability and connectivity by linking to the library at Kelvin Grove campus and richly integrating landscape and architecture. Although the building is “highly technological” the judges noted that the “biophilic design of this space creates a wonderful relief for students and academics”.
Designed by Brisbane-based Wilson Architects and Danish architects Henning Larsen the building was purpose designed for the new generations of students and staff who have ever-changing attitudes and expectations about learning and technological development.
Speaking on behalf of Wilson Architects Director John Thong said by creating a “living, social, student-focussed environment” users of the space are invited to “explore and identify the Education Precinct as a memorable ‘place’ on the campus and one that leaves them with fond memories of their studies at QUT”.
An internal garden aims to “surprise and delight” he said, noting that the “luminous form of the five-metre diameter sphere hovers just above the student lounge and atrium and creates a readily identifiable landmark within the building and on the campus”.
QUT Vice Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil said the building represented a “significant investment by the university in enhancing the student learning experience and continuing to provide quality teaching and education”.
Students and staff alike “flocked to the building from the day it was opened,” QUT Education Executive Dean Professor Carol Nicoll said.
“The building is a great success and celebration of teacher education,” she concluded.
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