University of Queensland, EOI

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Proposed for the University of Queensland, this project is designed to provide 800 accommodation modules for a combination of undergraduate and post graduate students. The brief called for a design to encourage the interaction and collaboration of students within the precinct and provide connections to other colleges and student living colleges in the immediate surrounds. The design is intended to enhance connections between the student body and the university to develop long-term relationships.

The site is split into two, separated by a public road at the crest of the natural topography. The proposal aims to link these sites through a visual and physical connection along Hood Street culminating in the enclosed courtyard spaces at the apex of the Walcott street intersection. Students approach the building along Hood Street, a vertical spine connects the communal spaces at the corner. The space defines the approach and connects the communal spaces for each level connecting multiple levels and uses to activate the space. The architecture plays on the idea of the occupation of the outdoor edge, the space between indoor and the natural environment, creating spaces for activity between.

The Linear arrangement of the form follows the contours of the topography, stepping down, and orientating the living modules along an east west axis. Passive ventilation and correct solar orientation respond to the subtropical Brisbane location and context. The accommodation fingers are connected with a structured stair which connects the communal spaces and provides opportunities for casual social interaction and formal meeting spaces.

Creating a living environment that provides a diversity of accommodation types, connecting living spaces with learning spaces, and providing social interactivity to bring students from various academic schools together. A response driven by the environment and the opportunity to create social connections.


  • Shortlisted Finalist, Future Residential Projects, World Architecture Festival 2015