Escura Smooth - Flame Red
ShuWei Zhang and Chris Wardle
The Women’s College is a residential college within the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. The new Centenary Wing and Head of College Residence provide accommodation for an additional 50 students and one family. The design intent was to create an addition to the college that provided visual continuity of building form and materiality. The existing buildings of The Women’s College are strong, rigid and rhythmic with a characteristic red brick material quality. It was the intention that the new Centenary Wing would embody these and make reference to these qualities. The existing brick blades extrude into the landscape. To create consistency, brick blades were again used, protruding from between dormitories which related to the language of the existing college and generated shade from the summer sun, as well as providing visual and acoustic privacy for residents. A feature wall of staggered brick blades on the west façade faces the University and helps with both shading and privacy to the Head of College Residence. The brick was also used internally to provide qualities of warmth and domesticity to the communal gathering spaces, creating a home away from home for its residents.