Central Queensland University’s new Health Clinic at the Rockhampton campus accommodates students, patients, academics and clinicians from a variety of disciplines. The modest scale of the building belies its pivotal role in the future of the campus.
The building represents a significant contribution to the Rockhampton community. The architecture draws cues from civic and domestic typologies in an attempt to address patients in a manner that is at both professional and familiar. A yellow screen acts a bold backdrop to a future rehabilitation courtyard. A patterned brickwork wall references the colours of mottled eucalypt bark and the dappled shadows cast by their canopy.
The building sits between two landscapes; a protected landscape of wild eucalypts and a collection of angophoras on a lawn. The clinic takes advantage of the southern outlook by locating significant clinical functions on this edge. The resulting spaces are subdued and filled with soft natural light. Conversely, the north-western edge is active. Clinicians will be able to observe the daily activities in the garden below from behind the building’s iconic screen.
Volumetric relief and natural light to the centralised circulation is provided via voids and skylights. Open ended corridors maintain a constant connection to the landscape.
Reddog Architects has worked on several stages of work at CQUniversity. Take a look at CQU Allied Health Stage 2 and CQU Allied Health Building 34.