The University of Queensland has a rich history and we were proud to contribute to the evolution of this iconic Australian tertiary education institution. Rork Projects constructed and refurbished the original entrance of the library to open up the western side of the building, improving accessibility and the flow of foot traffic on campus. Wilson Architects.
The new design created the opportunity to re-establish the original entry to the Robin Gibson 1973 library. Designed in a brutalist style, the building forms a series of related forms that sit in front of the heritage Forgan Smith Building including the UQ Art Museum and Biological Sciences. Consolidating the book collection to the upper levels has enabled the building to become much more porous and connected with the Campus to the lower two ground levels.
A two storey void ties these two lower level together both visually and physically as well as better enable a range of outdoor spaces to be connected to the Library and activate the ground floor. Refurbished interior spaces include a Café, meeting rooms, casual peer-to-peer learning spaces, social learning spaces and areas for quiet reflection. A colour pallet of UQ purple gives the refurbishment a vibrant and memorable interior environment.