“ . . . loved how the geometry was used . . . moving gesture toward fulfilling the Jesuit traditions . . ."
The Saint John Paul II Building was a key part of ACU’s vision for the Brisbane campus, and a cornerstone of the 2012 master plan. It was conceived as a landmark for the campus community, and designed for state-of-the-art learning, research and public engagement. As an academic building, it symbolizes the university’s value proposition, embeds its sense of Catholic identity and engages the campus with its communities, strategic partners and society.
The arced form of the building embraces the Community Court and provides the enclosure that sets the Holy Spirit Chapel as the focus and the heart of campus. The images of the heritage building with the landmark Tower reflected in the glass facade of the new building heighten the community’s awareness of the significance of the site heritage. The building extends the continuity and constancy concept adopted for the campus master plan in its siting, planning and design, as well as in its treatment and material selection to achieve a high level of consistency and visual coherence. Other key design process and solutions that could be recommended for other university planners include enduring framework in which to sustain change and growth and inclusion of academics/users in the hands-on project control group.
“The building symbolizes the university's value proposition, embeds our sense of Catholic identity, and engages the campus with our communities, strategic partners and society,” says Professor Jim Nyland, Associate Vice-Chancellor.