Biological Sciences Library
University of Queensland, St Lucia
Wilson Architects were engaged to upgrade the UQ Biological Sciences Library to provide additional floor space and accommodate increased student numbers and changes in the nature of service delivered by the library.
We also needed to upgrade the building to comply with current building codes, including equitable disability access.
The project explores the potential links between the building and the adjacent Queensland Biological Sciences Precinct.
The existing building was essentially a brutal concrete box, and reflected the outdated attitude that libraries should be only 'keepers of knowledge'.
The refurbishment now engages with passersby and campus visitors through its use of glass, and an open façade.
The Biological Sciences Library building is designed with various environmental principles in mind. Appropriate sun shading was carefully developed with the aid of computer modelling systems. High performance glazing was specified. The deep plan arrangement was adopted to maximise the temperature stability of the internal spaces, and the use of light sharing by use of extensive internal glazing ensures borrowed light penetrates through into the internal spaces. The newly introduced skylight above the central stair void provides natural light into the deep part of the plan.
This project received Australian Institute of Architects Brisbane regional award for Public Architecture in 2008.