QUT Creative Industries Precinct

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 Staff and students from across the arts can collaborate in welcoming shared areas that replace outdated, cellular academic workspaces.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.


Queensland University of Technology


Yuggera and Turrbal Country
Brisbane, Australia






Richard Kirk Architect

Design team

Mark Roehrs, Neil Hill, Michael Copeland, Sam Weiler, Daniel Brown


Peter Bennetts

The studios are world class and the public spaces are jaw-droppingly beautiful.”

Greg Jenkins Head of Studies – School of Media, Entertainment and Creative Arts, QUT Creative Industries Faculty
  • 2019 Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland) - Don Roderick Award for Heritage Architecture
  • 2019 2019 Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland) - GHM Addison Award for Interior Architecture
  • 2019 Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland) - Jennifer Taylor Award for Educational Architecture

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