Good Samaritan College, Polding Place | Speculative Architecture and Brammer Architects, architects in association

With a focus upon student wellbeing and community engagement, Polding Place at Good Samaritan College Toowoomba contains classrooms, Food Technology teaching spaces with a commercial kitchen, Cafe, and a Design Technology workshop. Each space is naturally ventilated with good access to breezes and controlled daylight. Outdoor learning spaces are located adjacent to traditional teaching spaces and are flexible for social activities. Materials and niches have been selected that are robust, with low maintenance, while providing continuity with the existing campus buildings to reinforce the identity and history of the College.

The main social space of the College is revitalised by the new building framing, and providing an active social edge to, a central courtyard. Integrated planting, through vines and shade trees, mediate the outdoor spaces to provide cool and social landscapes to be enjoyed.

Museum of Brisbane, The Local | Speculative Architecture

Two principal ideas formed the basis for the exhibition design:

Reframing how audiences see themselves within the museum, as being part of the Museum’s collection, and contextualising the artworks and artefacts in the collection to convey the progression from a collection of a municipality’s ephemera to a collection of contemporary art.

An immersive experience was developed that avoided the white cube gallery space and instead presented a spatial experience with familiarity. There is a sense that you are walking within a vitrine, that as a viewer you are part of the City’s collection.

In addition to this, Hugh Hamilton’s drawing Queensland Pub of 1886, and Taloi’s own experiences in Australian pubs are drawn upon for the design. A version of a pub, ‘the local’, is made that reflects a space of sociability and prejudice (what is allowed in, what is collected, what is excluded).

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