University of Queensland’s engineering building opens
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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