QUT Gardens Point
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QUT Gardens Point

Queensland University of Technology’s campus is the perfect marriage of the past and present.
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Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus
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Black Bee Photography
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29.11.2021

An architectural culmination of heritage features and contemporary, innovative design, QUT’s building pays homage to the site’s history and the technology and innovation that the establishment strives to culminate. 

Whilst many consider the University to be a new building, the history of the institution actually spans back as far as 1849, however it was only approved with University status in 1989. Whilst the ‘University’ itself has technically only existed for 32 years, there are heritage elements of the building that offer a nod to the rich tradition of the establishment.

A part of the University’s Garden Point Campus remodel, UrbanStone Commercial Natural Stone Pavers line the University’s exterior flooring. Ensuring a timeless design style and durability, the pavers are sure to last the test of time, both in functionality and in aesthetic appeal. The finish and colour of the pavers was chosen to complement the existing buildings within the University campus. The literal meeting-ground between old and new, the pavers had to exist in unison alongside the University’s heritage sandstone buildings and its contemporary glass-facade structures. Successfully creating a seamless flow and design harmony between the two, the sandstock stone pavers seamlessly complement the historic and modern builds.

Ensuring a timeless design style and durability, the pavers are sure to last the test of time, both in functionality and in aesthetic appeal.
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QUT Gardens Point
QUT Gardens Point

With the ability to sit beautifully alongside the ecru tones of the sandstone buildings, and to pair with the lush green lawns and natural materiality of the space, the pavers imbue the University’s outdoor spaces with a simultaneous feeling of grandiose and earthiness. An ergonomic benefit of the pavers is their ability to withstand high levels of foot-traffic and durability against exposure to the elements, which is paramount amidst Queensland’s tropical climate. Furthermore, their tactile finish and patina ensure that they have slip-resistant qualities, perfect for the bustle of University life, whilst still maintaining a sleek finish and aesthetic quality.

Offering a bespoke design style, the pavers chosen have a mottled effect, and are rich in textural and tonal diversity. The pavers feature tones of warm terracotta, silver and charcoal, creating a rich palette that sits comfortably alongside the surrounding landscape, be it natural or architectural. With an array of 39 colours and 4 finishes to choose from, the design possibilities with UrbanStone are endless.

“With the ability to sit beautifully alongside the ecru tones of the sandstone buildings, and to pair with the lush green lawns and natural materiality of the space, the pavers imbue the University’s outdoor space with a simultaneous feeling of grandiose and earthiness.”

QUT Gardens Point

“With the ability to sit beautifully alongside the ecru tones of the sandstone buildings, and to pair with the lush green lawns and natural materiality of the space, the pavers imbue the University’s outdoor space with a simultaneous feeling of grandiose and earthiness.”

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