University of Queensland
St Lucia, Brisbane
Jagera / Turrbal
This refurbishment of the top floor of the modernist J.D. Story building breathes life into UQ Advancement’s workplace.
UQ Advancement’s office has been fully refurbished within the existing linear, curved floor plate. UQ wanted a workplace that provided for a more collaborative working environment, while increasing the number of workstations, meeting rooms, breakout areas, and a new staff / kitchen space. The new refurbished level contains 60+ workstations, 3 meeting rooms, 2 breakout meeting areas, a staff room, and staff reception. A central corridor is the main distribution access through the office with a rhythm of workstations to each side. Small meeting areas punctuate this axis. The original J.D. Story building is simple in design and true to materials. ONA took inspiration from this to create a natural palette to complement the project’s context. The original concrete floor was polished to expose the river pebbles. The timber glazing design and proportion is inspired by the original façade glazing. Tones of timber and green throughout are punctuated by white joinery and internal planting for health and wellbeing. Common existing building issues including poor acoustics, lighting and glare were all resolved as part of the design. Opportunities for natural light were promoted through the auto blind system supplemented with artificial lighting throughout. A meandering path breaks down the length of the linear space, and the dense acoustic ceiling solution and breakout zones provide an intimate feel. UQ Advancement have complemented ONA on the outcome of their new home and have used the design of their workplace as an exemplar for other UQ projects.