Patina at Alumni Court | DM2 Architecture

Patina at Alumni Court | DM2 Architecture | Photographer: Scott Burrows

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Patina at Alumni Court | DM2 Architecture

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Scott Burrows
Project summary

Patina at Alumni Court for Customs House at The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Elegantly sited in the gardens of Alumni Court – a cherished green space in the heart of the St Lucia Campus and integral to the sandstone of the Great Court buildings, Patina is a respectful yet contemporary addition to the heritage listed former Radon Laboratory. The dining spaces feel deeply connected to the collegial garden setting, providing a tranquil and intimate dining experience. The restaurant is carefully placed within the landscape to frame and reactivate the Alumni Court circular lawn and maintain the unique sense of place. The building enhances the pre-existing attraction the courtyard has long held as a much-loved respite by both students and staff.

DM2 Architecture designed a restaurant that has blended into a heritage precinct nestled amongst the trees. Patina at Alumni Court has been embraced by staff, students, alumni and donors of The University of Queensland. The stylish space can be transferred from a casual coffee bar in the mornings to a high-end restaurant in the evenings. The flexibility of the spaces allows us to maximise revenue by turning a restaurant into an event venue space when needed. We are constantly receiving amazing feedback from our guests who have embraced the venue and enjoy the ambience and experience that we offer.

Project Practice Team

Brad Muller, Design Architect
Cameron Hills, Design Architect
Emma Flaherty, Graduate of Architecture
Terry Bell, Graduate of Architecture
William Evans, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

BCA, Building Surveyor
BRW, Hydraulic Consultant
JHA Engineers, Electrical Consultant
Northrop, Services Consultant
UQ Property & FAcilities, Project Manager

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Patina at Alumni Court | DM2 Architecture | Photographer: Scott Burrows

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