Ipswich Resource Centre

University of Queensland

The brief for this project was to create a facility that reinforced the community hub of an already existing campus. A place to interact with people, and the printed and digital technologies, with support resources of counselling and health services.

Our design combines all of the non-teaching functions within a united ‘shopfront’, including the library, student centre, student union, student support services and health. The Centre is the signature building for the campus providing a meeting place for the community, and for the campus to reach out into the wider community. 

The Centre is in fact three components interconnected with a two-storey high landscaped area that brings the variety of spaces together as one. The inclusion of nature in the Centre brings light, air and respite to a building with such intensive use of technology. Air is dispersed and directed through the plants for pre-cleaning and removal of potential contaminants before re-circulation.

The large internal garden reinforces the building’s focus and circulation, and creates visual links to various spaces within the Centre.

It is a building that supports and expands the student centred or independent learning process. It recognises that both active and quiet environments need to support a variety of study types (individual or group).

This project received Australian Institute of Architects Brisbane regional commendation in 2006.



Complete 2003


Project Value

Key Personnel
Hamilton Wilson, Michael Hartwich


2006 RAIA Brisbane Regional Commendation

2004 National Timber Award

2003 - ALIA National Excellence Award for library design and service delivery

2003 - Ipswich Council Certificate of Excellence

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