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University of Queensland’s engineering building opens

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International architectural practices Richard Kirk Architect and Hassell have joined forces to complete the University of Queensland’s Engineering Building project. Completed in 2014, the new building is a hub for innovation and learning, and is located on the Queensland campus in Brisbane, Australia.

The new university building is a green living and learning building with real time monitoring of its structural and climatic performance, making it a subject for study in its own right.

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The AEB is a technologically sophisticated and environmentally sustainable building with flexible teaching and learning spaces. By integrating research and training into the same facility, the AEB is set to become a hub for innovation and learning by showcasing engineering of the highest standard.

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The AEB incorporates a diverse and appropriate mix of learning, workplace and social areas in addition to large scale manufacturing and civil engineering laboratories. Occupying a prime site overlooking a lake, the building introduces an adaptable learning environment with an innovative and flexible character.

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The 22,000 sqm AEB offers hands-on experience in the study of engineering by learning through the building itself, making this a truly interactive educational environment. The building demonstrates highly ergonomic and efficient design, boasting innovative sustainable features and the latest building management technology. Designed as a green living and learning building, the AEB has real time monitoring of its structural and climatic performance and provides a setting that is uniquely suited to the study of engineering.

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“The study of engineering is very much a hands-on experience, so we needed to create an environment that supports this physical approach,” said Richard Kirk. Mark Loughnan of Hassell added: “The building’s design encourages students to constantly engage with research and practical learning – and even the research labs, which have traditionally been hidden from view, are visibly connected to the rest of the building.”

Images courtesy of Peter Bennetts

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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November 11, 2014 | Property | View comments

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