Griffith University Learning Commons, Queensland Education Building, Australia Architecture
Griffith University Learning Commons
Australian Education Development ? design by ThomsonAdsett Architects
page updated 24 Sep 2016 with new photos
Griffith University Building
Contemporary Higher Education Building in Queensland
Design: ThomsonAdsett, architects
Generic teaching and learning spaces become all too readily redundant due to their monotony. Space will impact on learning if it is different, interesting, inspiring and a place that you would want to be in.
The building form has been derived through analysis of the available site geometries. Opportunities to complement University Drive, pedestrian pathways, the hinterland and major health developments are maximised. The form is intentionally crisp, dynamic, colourful, bold, fearless and futuristic. An additional entry completes a continuous pedestrian loop at the ground plane making the library fully accessible and inclusive.
Triangulating new with old results in efficient travel distances, increased collaboration and sustainability benefits with the new building serving as an environmental buffer. Further benefits include conservation of native bush, less disruption to a live and densely occupied area of the campus and greatly enhanced operational efficiencies. As such, 160m of three storey construction replace the brief intent of two separate three and five storey entities either side of an ageing asset. Students are relishing the connectivity, engagement and convenience. Remote deep plan areas are rejuvenated with blended indoor to outdoor learning environments.
The completed building is contributing to international research in this changing typology through a plenary delivered at the Nobel Forum of Future Learning Environments at the Karolinska Institutet.
The library and the extension responds to its immediate context and wider site connections. Geometries are used to engage the building vi...