“The Student Residences Project (SRP) will deliver a residential experience that is consistent with a world class university, a place that contributes to the development of leaders, critical thinkers and problem solvers who are socially adept, culturally aware and confident in their abilities and skills. The University of Queensland’s (UQ) intention is to deliver a well-designed accommodation facility that develops into an inclusive community of student residences. The aim is for the SRP to reflect the University’s mission, vision and values by providing students with excellent, affordable, life-changing accommodation and support, and an outstanding overall university experience.” – UQ Design Brief
Part of the brief from UQ was to provide a ‘resort feel’ and this is achieved through a strong connection to landscape with an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living and greenery to create a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Also, UQ St Lucia is a uniquely ‘green’campus and this is reflected in the Student Residences to connect to the landscape quality of the greater campus.
The urban planning also strengthens the landscape connection with the built form framing the north facing ground landscape to create an active courtyard. This courtyard connects through the site in a linear fashion and forms a portal space to the east, visually connecting to the campus, and to the western side with a ‘front yard’ to Cairngorm, the original Queenslander that sits within the site, and the existing mature weeping figs.
- University of Queensland