The AEB is scheduled for completion mid 2013.
The University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) has featured in the most recent issue of Timber+Design. The article explores the some of the strategies employed in the AEB which have contributed to its status as a benchmark for sustainable architecture.
The article features an interview with RKA Director, Richard Kirk, who discusses the aesthetic, environmental and structural strengths of using timber in a building with one of Australia’s largest timber-framed auditoriums.
The original vision for an engineering facility which sets a benchmark in sustainability is now being realised through a response that optimises the passive potential of the building, whilst focusing on active support systems that minimise energy consumption through solar energy.
As the building enters the final stages in construction the iconic façade system and light-filled atrium are taking form and proving to be highly convincing elements of this strategy. The façade and atrium are part of a suite of ideas which underpin the sustainability framework for the building, whilst also contributing to its expressive nature and role as a ‘working building’. The Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) is scheduled for completion mid 2013.
The ‘First Call’ rehearsal for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) took place on 5 February 2013 in the purpose built Media Production Studio in RKA’s new ABC Headquarters at South Bank.
RKA and Arup were present for several days of rehearsals, testing and fine tuning the rehearsal space acoustics. The fine tuning occurs by adjusting the operable acoustic elements in the MPS such as the side wall acoustic banners, cyclorama drape and the overhead acoustic canopy panels. Numerous design modes were set utilising these operable elements to cater for a diverse range of orchestral music, and radio and television production. These automated modes (with corresponding air conditioning delivery systems) facilitate soloist rehearsal, chamber orchestra, full symphony orchestra (with or without choir), television and radio recording (with or without audience) and rock group rehearsal.
The much anticipated terracotta façade tiles are currently being installed at AEB. Vertical members are craned into place individually to form a fenestrated façade which will moderate heat load on the Northern elevation, whilst retaining day-light and external views from the workspaces inside. The terracotta product is manufactured in Lower Bavaria using natural clay materials sourced adjacent or in close proximity to the site. The AEB is scheduled for completion mid 2013.