Learning Innovation Building

The Learning Innovation Building (LIB) is located on the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, in a prominent precinct within the campus. The site enjoys well established relationships and links with the existing campus roads, the Great Court, Circular Drive and open green spaces adjacent to the Brisbane River. Further to this, LIB is positioned between existing university buildings, some of which are heritage listed as part of the Great Court Complex.

The four-storey educational facility provides accommodation for three university departments. The spaces provided include experimental seminar/teaching spaces, office/administration spaces, meeting/boardrooms, media editing suites and staff support facilities. A studio or atelier space termed the ‘Innovation Laboratory’ forms the focus for various department specific activities. A three-storey high void space links the horizontal floor plates vertically, improving the internal environment and contributing to the overall efficiency of the building.

The design process intentionally maintains and improves ‘hidden’ or secondary pedestrian links to surrounding spaces and buildings. Public courtyard space adds to an existing sequence of external spaces within the campus, including the Great Court.

The intended approach is to achieve a design that is sensitive to surrounding heritage buildings, pedestrian links and campus activity. As a result the external form is complex and reacts to the shape of the surrounding buildings. A number of the facades are highly transparent to display internal activities to the wider campus.

Views of the campus, river, eastern suburbs and the Green Bridge are available from the upper levels of the scheme. Openings in the external envelope have been positioned to frame external views and maximise daylighting to the interior of the building.

Program
Office space for five university departments dedicated to the innovation of teaching and learning. Audio-visual integrated landscape courtyards, and flexible seminar spaces.

Client
University of Queensland

Area
2,250m 2

Status
Completed

Credits
Architect | Richard Kirk Architect
Structural & Civil Engineers | Cardno
Electrical Engineer | Aurecon
Hydraulic & Mechanical Engineers | WSP Group
ESD Consultant | Cundall
Fire Engineer | Aecom
Landscape Architect | JW Concepts
Contractor | Cockram