Our Peter Coaldrake Education Centre at the Queensland University of Technology, designed in collaboration with Brisbane-based Wilson Architects, has been named the John Dalton Building of the year by the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
“It’s a wonderful honour that the Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct has been named Building of the Year,” said Julian Chen, lead designer at Henning Larsen. “The project marked a close collaboration between us and the local architect, resulting in a design that both architecturally fits with the rest of the campus and sets a new standard for it.”
Positioned between the university library and a main thoroughfare in QUT’s Kelvin Grove Campus, the Faculty of Education building extends its atrium to campus traffic, drawing new visitors and encouraging new connections within. The building gives a new social and academic focal point to campus, a learning environment reflecting the latest innovations in technology, educational philosophy and sustainability.
“We wanted to create an environment that supports many different ways to learn,” Kurek said. “The large, terraced atrium between the library and the new building is designed as a big part of wayfinding on campus. It creates a very visible connection into the library and the surrounding planted landscape; collecting teachers, researchers, and students on the same level in this social core.”
The project was completed in close collaboration with Brisbane-based Wilson Architects, as well as Opus International engineers, TCL landscape architects and contractor Hansen Yuncken. The project was delivered by QUT Facilities management. For the QUT Kelvin Grove campus, the Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct offers a new hub of campus life and learning that puts technology and sustainability at center stage.
See the full list of honorees at ArchitectureAU.