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.
- 2021 Australian Institute of Architects QLD The Harry Marks Named Award for Sustainable Architecture
- 2021 Australian Institute of Architects QLD Award for Educational Architecture
- 2021 Australian Institute of Architects Far North QLD Regional Commendation for Educational Architecture
- 2021 Australian Institute of Architects Far North QLD Regional Commendation for Sustainable Architecture
Awarded to BESIX Watpac
- 2021 Master Builders FNQ Housing and Construction Awards, Project of the Year
- 2021 Master Builders FNQ Housing and Construction Awards, Award for Education Facilities over $10M