Andrew N Liveris Building, photo by Christopher Frederick Jones-2
The Andrew N. Liveris Building by Lyons and m3architecture. Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

The Andrew N. Liveris Building by Lyons and m3architecture, housing the University of Queensland’s (UQ) school of chemical engineering facilities, scooped the highest award at the Queensland Architecture Awards this week. 

The jury commended the University of Queensland for their “continued commitment to create a world-leading learning and research environment and leading Australia towards a more sustainable future”.

“This landmark development represents environment, social and governance, and it leaves a legacy of learning and hope for the future,” it said.

The awards night, held at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane on Friday night, highlighted more than 70 projects across 11 categories including residential, commercial, sustainable architecture and urban design.

The UQ building received the Queensland Medallion, the Jennifer Taylor Award for Educational Architecture, the Karl Langer Award for Urban Design and an Interior Architecture State Award.

The 11-storey building, unveiled in April, was funded through a $13.5 million philanthropic gift from businessman Andrew N Liveris, who is a UQ alumnus and the president of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics Committee. Hansen Yuncken were responsible for construction of the building.

Lyon and m3architecture won a design competition for the new chemical engineering hub with their unique proposal that features a cube-shaped exterior structure with cream and fuchsia glass façade, which is broken up by bright green pod-like balconies. Internally connected balconies link student study spaces, and glass-walled laboratories allow a glimpse into the research going on inside. 

The glass facade was praised for its energy-efficiency and distinctive external “veil” that the architects say visually connects it to the iconic sandstone buildings of UQ’s St Lucia Campus. 

Jersey chair Shy Tay said the building sets a benchmark for what is possible in higher education facilities, while m3architecture founding director Michael Banney said he hopes the facility will “become a stimulant for ongoing and improved endeavour”. 

Further winners included: 

The Interpretation Centre by Brian Hooper Architect outdoor museum in Muttaburra took home the FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture for its use of local stone and natural daylight, which creates a dynamic relationship with the surrounding landscape. The building is home to the “Muttaburrasaurus” – the most complete fossilised dinosaur skeleton found in Australia

The jury praised the Centre’s connection to the environment, commenting that the building “rises from the landscape as though it was always part of the town’s story”. 

Remote work set-up LiveWorkShare House by Bligh Graham Architects’ won the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and the Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture. Located in Samford Village near Brisbane, the building responds to new working arrangements and an increasingly pressurised housing market by combining a family home, an office and an additional smaller residence.

The architects described the highly adaptable building as a “village within a village”. One section of the house is a hub for remote work, while another second-floor area contains family bedrooms, and a separate residence occupies a discreet section of the block.

The judges commented that the building supported “sensitive densification of the suburbs and expands housing choice”.

The restoration of St Joseph’s Nudgee College Treacy Precinct by m3architecture scooped up the The Don Roderick Award for Heritage Architecture, and the renovation of Green House by Steendijk took home the The Elina Mottram Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions).


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