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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Nudgee Junior College – Library in Indooroopilly, Australia by Fulton Trotter Architects (designed using ArchiCAD)

February 17th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Fulton Trotter Architects

The Mt Sion Library demonstrates a bright and friendly response to the site surroundings by utilizing vibrant colours throughout the building. As part of the Nudgee Junior College master plan, Mt Sion is an addition to the existing focal point of the college campus the original, modernist brick building, constructed in 1939 based on a design by Charlie Fulton. The new library provides vital connections along the ridgeline by enhancing the sites relationship and new exciting learning and play spaces.

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  • Architects: Fulton Trotter Architects
  • Project: Nudgee Junior College – Library
  • Location: Twigg Street, Indooroopilly, Queensland 4068, Australia
  • Client: The Trustees of the Christian Brothers (Queensland)
  • Team: Mark Trotter, Hayley Crofts, Ryan Loveday, Joanne Tenorio, Neil Roberts, Louisa McCoy, Rachael McCall
  • Builder: Stokes Wheeler
  • Photographer: John Mills
  • Cost: $3.4M
  • Awards: 2011 Master Builders Brisbane Region Award: Educational Facility
  • Software used: ArchiCAD
  • Quotes: “We saw what other schools achieved under the BER funding and we are so happy to show our achievements of such a high quality and successful brand new library for our school.”

Image Courtesy John Mills

Mt Sion Library was conceived as two solid brick boxes, containing supporting rooms, with the library as a transparent volume connecting to the brick boxes, with a curved glass facade. The transparency of the library connects the classrooms through to the river. Formal and textural qualities have been abstracted from the Original Building connecting the brick bays with the curved volume. The butterfly roofs sailing over the faceted glass walls creates a dynamic mixture of steel and timber battening which is grounded by the rich brick boxes on either side. Rich red brick with a lustrous blue/grey brick banding is used for the two main wings of the new building.

Image Courtesy John Mills

The library has responded to the client’s brief, coming from quite traditional school values and spatial planning. The new building responded to these traditional needs whilst maintaining flexibility within the library and connections to play spaces on each side. The consultant team worked closely to create a cost effective and efficient solution whilst achieving a quite complex structural solution, as well as a number of sustainable design principles humbly incorporated throughout the project (rainwater tanks, bio-retention, solar hot water, low e-glass and a building management system).

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A high quality outcome has been produced within the budget constraints, with a high level of finish and large extent of works achieved. Mt Sion pays respect to the original forms and materials of the existing building while providing a measured contrast of a modern, open and light-hearted expression. The forms, material and colours used intend to reiterate the original from Charles Fulton’s modernist brick building, while providing a modern playful twist.

Image Courtesy John Mills

Image Courtesy John Mills

Image Courtesy John Mills

Image Courtesy John Mills

Image Courtesy John Mills

Image Courtesy John Mills

Image Courtesy John Mills

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Categories: ArchiCAD, Educational Center, Library

3 Responses to “Nudgee Junior College – Library in Indooroopilly, Australia by Fulton Trotter Architects (designed using ArchiCAD)”

  1. selahattin yücel says:

    First I want to conratulate you.You had good job really.But I think this renders didn’t took onyl with Archicad.I wonder that which programs you used with archicad?such as photosop,artlantis etc…

  2. ir. hein geroda says:

    beautiful i like it from Image Courtey John Mills the mirror to traditional Toraja Country of Indonesia

  3. Harleigh Venables at Fulton Trotter Architects says:

    Thanks for your comments and kind words! We’re really proud of the outcome on Nudgee Junior College Library and we’re glad you like it.

    We use ArchiCAD on all of our buildings. Nudgee was a full ArchiCAD project. There are no renders on Nudgee Junior College, but if there were, the would most likely be from ArchiCAD. We rarely use Artlantis.

    Thanks again

    Harleigh Venables
    Marketing Manager
    Fulton Trotter Architects

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