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  7. James Cook University Verandah Walk / Wilson Architects

James Cook University Verandah Walk / Wilson Architects

  • 20:00 - 28 September, 2017
James Cook University Verandah Walk / Wilson Architects
James Cook University Verandah Walk / Wilson Architects, © Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle
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© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle
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Text description provided by the architects. In the heart of James Cook University in Townsville, lies the new Verandah Walk – a pedestrian and cyclist link that weaves through the regional campus. Wilson Architects has completed stage one of the project, the Verandah Walk South Node, which connects Education Central and the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library across Waada Mooli Creek.

© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle
© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle

The design creates a series of ‘nodal’ meeting and seating areas that encourage students to study, collaborate and socialize in an open-air landscaped setting. The Verandah Walk enhances the student experience and creates a sense of quality and permanence, previously lacking on the site.

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The architects’ challenge was to design a 420m long covered walkway that sits well on its site, without overwhelming visitors with its scale and length. The deliberately-curved walkway directs attention outwards to the landscape, rather than focusing the user's view 'down the barrel' of a long straight path. The curved path provides the required wayfinding cues while creating an experience of ‘journey’, instead of ‘destination’.

© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle
© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle

This project embraces and responds to the unique tropical narrative of the region, by considering light, shade, humidity, breeze, scent, water/rain, and color. Increased access to daylight and fresh air circulation supports improved levels of concentration, cognitive function and mental well-being for students, staff, and visitors. Polished aluminum lines sections of the soffit, and works to reflect the landscape back out to passers-by.

© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle
© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle

Two pavilions extend out from the path and operate as connected outdoor learning spaces, with power and Wi-Fi throughout. Nearby fountains provide further respite from the hot climate, by creating a cooling effect and atmospheric background noise.

© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle
© Andrew Rankin / Brent Hardcastle
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "James Cook University Verandah Walk / Wilson Architects" 28 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/880469/james-cook-university-verandah-walk-wilson-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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