JCU Ideas Lab Ngumba-bada Campus, Smithfield

Wilson Architects in collaboration with Clarke and Prince Architects.

The James Cook University (JCU) Ideas Lab is a ‘start-up’ space for individuals and companies to work with community partners to translate ideas and research into commercial products and processes.  The design for the building is focussed around improving connectivity and transparency within the building, JCU and the community.  This is achieved through a welcoming open ground floor plate, 3 storey atrium with tropical hanging plants and flexible open maker spaces. 

The building is around 3500sq.m. over three floors.  The external fabric is wrapped in a folded Teflon coated fabric that speaks to the innovation encouraged within the building. The JCU Ideas Lab has already become a beacon for innovative collaboration within the region with the potential to promote significant economic growth.

The building received a Regional and State Award for Educational Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architecture; also the State Award for Sustainable Architecture.  

Address McGregor Road, Smithfield, Queensland
Client JCU
Completed 2020
Builder WATPAC

Consultant Team
Civil + Structural
WSP Group
Mechanical + Electrical McClintock Engineering Group
Hydraulic WSP Group
Certifier Baker Building Certification