King's College, within the University of Queensland, is a residential college for men built in the early 1960‘s, and typical of its time, its river address was ignored.
The existing orange brick buildings with painted trims to windows and reveals dominate the architectural language of the college. The intent was to shift the emphasis from the institutional tectonic of the campus whilst avoiding fragmentation. Brick is used as a material reference to the existing fabric, but deliberately handled as a skin rather than mass and the painted trims are rescaled to frame and define space rather than emphasize the small window openings.
The existing dining room looked over a service yard and carpark before seeing the river in distance. The creation of a shaded terrace connects the existing dining hall. A raised grassed Ha Ha terrace visually conceals the carparks and brings the river back into focus.
Although the accommodation units are very compact, full height windows give the illusion of space and the sense that the whole room is a balcony to the river views. Pivoting shutters control light at the same time animates the facade by the occupants response to the time and condition of the day.