UQ’s first sustainable building wins national architecture awards

7 Jun 2016

The University of Queensland’s landmark six-star sustainability building has been recognised at the nation’s leading architecture awards.

The Global Change Institute won the David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture and the National Award for Interior Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Annual Awards.

GCI Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the zero-carbon, sustainable building reflected the University’s commitment to challenge and lead in the community.

“This is a great example of UQ creating change by pushing the barriers in design and construction,” he said.

“This building is more than a place to work – it’s a place that demonstrates the future and inspires others to develop buildings that are not only practical, but good for the environment as well.

“The Institute regularly hosts tours for political leaders, building professionals and academics wanting to know more about sustainability in practice.”

The Australian Institute of Architects judging panel noted the use of sustainability in the GCI’s design, and called the building’s sky-lit atrium “a triumph, transforming a former service zone into a showpiece for the university”.