Cox Architecture were commissioned to provide full architectural services for the new Student Accommodation facilities at St Thomas More College.
Following intense master planning, CODA Studio (now Cox Architecture) proposed converting an existing 1980’s dark, face-brick atrium into a flexible and open library learning space, combined with a community hub for students and parents.
The design for the refurbishment of this group of 1960s buildings responds to the need to improve the operation and user experience of the Sir Louis Matheson Library and foster its leading role as the main library for the largest university in Australia. The refurbishment provides a new physical setting supporting the library’s contemporary academic programs and improving access to new models for study, research, and technology-rich environments.
The new office project was undertaken as an opportunity to rethink the company’s approach to ‘design’ and the process of creating contemporary architecture across a varying portfolio.
The Red Zones are Griffith University’s new visitor experience centres, designed to capture the imagination and showcase the university’s best research to students and other guests. A variety of interactive touch screens and digital technologies, including body-activated music generators, 3D projection domes and digital printers, are set against an entirely red space that cocoons the visitors in a dreamlike world of technology.
The opportunity to redesign an apartment is rare for our practice, but it enabled us to translate spatial concepts developed for recent houses into an apartment context.
The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre synthesises the concerns we regard as critical in architecture. One is that buildings convey abstractly their purpose, in this case embodying the ‘craft of dentistry’, in the craft of the forms and spaces. A second is that buildings enrich context – here the building is designed to unite the university’s medical campus with an adjoining hospital with which it functions. A third is to humanise institutional buildings at every moment in its experience.
The building’s form ensures that the spaces are filled with light. The luxurious feeling of the apartments is promoted by high end furnishings, artwork and accessories throughout the interiors.
This narrow private house demonstrates what can be achieved on the myriad of ‘left-over’ spaces in inner cities, such as disused easements or parking lots. In this case, a 3 metre wide tiny caretaker’s cottage, adjoining a Heritage Hall has been recycled and linearly extended into a family house and office for parents and three children.
The rebuilding to the north eastern frontage of the campus has enabled the design team to challenge and rethink the spaces for learning at Wesley College’s St Kilda Road Campus.
One One One Eagle Street forms the centrepiece of a trio of towers that mark Brisbane’s renowned Riverside Precinct. It occupies a site that comprises the loading docks and basement carpark access to the existing neighbouring towers either side. The site’s sever constraint was the lack of bearing points due to those existing encumbrances.
Our brief was simple: create an elegant but relaxed dining space for the buildings corporate tenants.
The Centre creates a series of space types and environments that are designed around patterns of human interaction, a “Learning Landscape” approach, an approach that is about leveraging the power of planning for interaction at the campus level and rather than approaching design and planning from the traditional perspective of siting a new building as a generic space type.
The public success of the project has been to both the experience of this major Queensland cultural facility and dramatically in terms of visitation, the Museum Director writing: “For the first time in our 150 year history, we have welcomed more than one million visitors to the museum network… however it is the 22% increase to Queensland Museum (744,654) that has made all the difference, in no small part due to the interior refurbishment”.
The Footscray Nicholson Learning Commons is a major institutional initiative to consolidate and create a highly visible address for each of the campus’ student services while maintaining a cohesive identity for the facility overall.
The interior architecture of Ipswich Courthouse was conceived to respond to the project’s overall design, particularly in respect of the sequence of public movement, the spatial experiences encountered, the sense of relationship to the external realm, and the value of the individual when involved in the justice system.
The initial impetus for the refurbishment of QPAC’s front-of-house and its main theatres was their non-compliance with current access codes which had led to anti-discrimination cases.
Abigroup House adapts the modern tradition of the cubic glass park pavilion to the Queensland subtropics, employing a splayed solar screen as part of its modified typology.
Unlike its predecessor, James Street Market in Brisbane’s New Farm, the site for Ferry Road Market did not have the benefit of passing trade. It thus had to become a destination worth the journey to it, both visually and experientially.
The Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa redevelopment continues the current use of the site as a therapeutic mineral spa centre and bathhouse, adaptively reusing much of the existing bathhouse structure including the heritage buildings and the modern extension to its south.
The philosophy of the project was to rework the typology of library in order to create a new model, and to create a warm and welcoming environment that nevertheless sat comfortably with the ‘gritty’ Flinders Lane context.