UQ Arrival Canopy | Blight Rayner Architecture

UQ Arrival Canopy | Blight Rayner Architecture | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

UQ Arrival Canopy | Blight Rayner Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
the Turrbal and Jagera people
Year
2023
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Brisbane

Category
Small Project Architecture
Builder
Venn Construction
Photographer
Christopher Fredrick Jones
Project summary

The UQ Arrival Canopy at The University of Queensland’s Herston Campus is a shelter for people alighting by vehicle or waiting for pick-up. It is designed to also feel like a place of respite – a small pavilion for enjoyment of its parkland setting. Its geometry references the UQ Oral Health Centre which is the primary user (students, staff, and general public) while its brick base defers to the historic Mayne Medical Centre in the background. As much as the design is intended to act as an arrival point, it is equally intended as humanising counterpoint to its institutional settling and a speck in the city for anyone to enjoy its presence and composition of parts.

A welcome addition to the Herston health precinct, the new canopy provides a generous shaded area where staff, students and day patients can wait for pick up. Sitting effortlessly within the site context, it provides a counterpoint between the classical architecture and existing building forms. Instead of slavishly replicating the surrounding buildings, the canopy references existing material typologies via the articulation of structural columns, brick colours, and bench seating patterning. The canopy can be viewed as a refreshing paradigm to the campus, with its open design and floating roof successfully providing a shaded interstitial space appreciated by all.

Project Practice Team

Alex Munoz, Architectural Graduate
Annalise White, Student of Architecture
Jayson Blight, Project Director
Madeleine Swete Kelly, Senior Associate

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Acquaco Design Group, Hydraulic Consultant
Building Certifiers Australia, Certifier
DMA Partners, Project Manager
JHA, Electrical Engineer
Northrop, Structural Engineer

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UQ Arrival Canopy | Blight Rayner Architecture | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

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