Project DescriptionFROM QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (Aug. 28, 2015):
Scandinavian firm Henning Larsen Architects and Australia’s Wilson Architects have joined forces to to design the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)’s $65m (AUD) Education Precinct. The project will be a model for educational precincts internationally and will set a new benchmark for contemporary and sustainable design.
Anders Sælan, Partner and Architect, Henning Larsen Architects said, "Australia leads the global education sector in terms of their approach to learning. 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."
Henning Larsen Architects are known for their visionary design and innovative universities, dynamic mixed-use communities, and iconic cultural landmarks. They are leaders in sustainable expertise in Scandinavia, employing over 300 staff, and with projects currently under construction in more than 10 countries.
Wilson Architects are Australia’s leading education architecture specialists and were recently awarded a prestigious international CEFPI* Award for James Cook University’s Education Central in Townsville. They are undertaking current projects throughout Australia and Malaysia.
‘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,’ said Hamilton Wilson, Managing Director, Wilson Architects.
The Precinct will promote a strong identity for QUT and position the university at the forefront of higher education studies in the region by creating a new teaching building for the Faculty of Education, the Oodgeroo Unit, (the centre of Aboriginal studies), and E Learning services.
Extensive landscaping will create a new pedestrian hub for the campus and strong connections with the Kelvin Grove community. Henning Larsen Architects and Wilson Architects are partnering with Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), Australia’s pre-eminent landscape architects, to create 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,’ said Mr Wilson.