Dancers warming up in corridors, musicians jamming, drama students rehearsing in the kitchens – the entire creative process is on show at Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries Precinct 2.
Hassell and Richard Kirk Architects designed a series of linked, transparent and adaptable buildings around public open spaces primed for ‘creative collisions’ of every kind. Intuitive circulation, communal facilities and central stairs create a sense of community – and deliberately put people in each other’s paths.
Seven former army barracks buildings have been redesigned as a bespoke artistic ‘incubator’ for people studying the creative disciplines. The six-storey Z9 building houses the university’s dance, drama, music, creative writing, animation and creative research programs.
The social, immersive precinct supports a trans-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning. Staff and students from across the arts can collaborate in welcoming shared areas that replace outdated, cellular academic workspaces.
The learning spaces are designed to adapt easily to curriculum changes, and a safe, 24⁄7 environment – with access for all – keeps the precinct churning all the time.