Australian Catholic University Master plan
Winner of a limited design competition in October 2000, Conrad Gargett’s master plan for Australian Catholic University Campus at Banyo, aimed to translate the metaphors inherent in Catholic education into physical attributes of the development, such as a sense of openness with a continuing emphasis on the spirituality of the existing building.
In 2012 the landscape department of Conrad Gargett worked collaboratively with the architects to update the ACU Master Plan with the intent of providing a blue print for the campus development for the next 10 – 15 years.
The intent of the integrated landscape concept is to celebrate the campus as a place of knowledge and learning, that is based on respect for the past, yearning for knowledge, innovation and for sustainable future development.
The site is envisaged to become a model for campus development, taking a holistic view of knowledge and learning in the context of local environment.
The master plan includes a symbolic connection and physical landscape link to the indigenous heritage of the place and to adjacent heritage listed and culturally significant Nudgee Waterhole. The extension of native flora and fauna into the campus from Nudgee Waterhole will provide a tangible link to the indigenous spiritual place located in the heart of the campus near the top of the hill.
Reforestation with locally native and suitable trees will provide a buffer to nearby residential areas and opportunities for food and timber production.
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