Tonight, our first special report on QUT’s new Creative Industries facility. We take you inside the complex, which is to be officially opened later this year. It is a mecca for music, dance, drama, and the visual arts.

Georgie Scotchford reports.



State of the Art.

A far cry from your typical classroom environment.

This, is the pride of QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus called CIP2.

After nearly a decade in the works, it’s finally finished.

Greg Jenkins treats it like his baby, you might think he relied on a crystal ball.

Greg Jenkins, School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts: “We were trying to design a set of facilities that would be future looking, in the future.”

CIP2 is a collaborative project between QUT and architects, Kirk and Hassell, who brought this masterpiece to life.

Richard Kirk, Principal, Kirk: “Both practices are really passionate about making buildings from a set of principles around buildings being humane and legible and actually acting more like a framework or a platform for the users to occupy and enjoy.”

Moving away from the traditional black box design of a studio building, CIP2 pushes the boundaries.

Mark Rhoers, Principal, Hassell: “That sense of transparency and connection from, the sort of circulation of office and learning spaces into the studio so space is critical.”

The voluminous levels and expansive floor plans are carefully designed to be unique yet functional.

Every little detail is deliberate and focuses around several design principles.

Connectivity and transparency.

These are the pillars of the CIP2 Building.

With this in mind, the designers created nooks like this one, in an open-plan layout.

Coming in at over $80 million dollars, a building of such epic proportions surely must come at an environmental cost too.


Richard Kirk, Principal, Kirk: “It is, at the end of the day, an incredibly efficient building.”

From the floors, to the lights, the only things littering CIP2 are sustainable ideas.

Greg Jenkins, School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Industries: “We have recycled wood on the staircases in this building and there’s also, every piece of furniture had to pass a green-star certification process.”

Sustainability was considered well beyond the building’s construction over a third of the internal lights were manufactured locally, saving around 1800 kilos of carbon.

CIP2 is already setting QUT leaps above the rest.

Greg Jenkins, Head of Studies, School of Media, Entertainment and Creative Industries: “There’s nothing like this anywhere in any university in this country, and in many ways there’s nothing like this at all anywhere in the world.”

Georgie Scotchford, QUT News.