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Extensions to the Business Faculty Building, QUT Gardens Point Z Block

The project involved extensions to the Business Faculty Building to 3 existing roof terraces to create additional space for academic staff and administration.

  • Client Queensland University of Technology
  • Type Extension
  • Location Brisbane, Queensland
  • Industry Education
  • Completion 2006

On the southern side of the building at level 10 is a new flexible seminar / meeting room facility with catering facilities and breakout spaces including a cantilevered balcony overlooking the river. Also on the southern side, at level 9 is a flexible space for use as short-term specialised research projects and conferences. This two-level addition forms a clear focal point to the campus from the southern (freeway and river) side of the campus. The new room-with-a-view has become the University and Business Faculty’s memorable function space.

Design cues were taken from the existing building massing and materials. A new façade expression was added to create focus and a new visual identity. The abstract panels arrangement are randomly sized and placed with subtle complementary colour variations, to contrast with the discipline of the building. Slot windows puncture the façade providing framed views. The floor behind is cut back to join the two levels together. The wide cantilever balcony appears to be suspended above the freeway below.