Completed in 1975, the Townsville Court of Law Edmund Sheppard building was opened by Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen and has been a structural stronghold in the middle of Townsville ever since, representing a strong civic presence from all angles. 43 years later, the Townsville Court of Law was selected as the recipient of the Robin Gibson Award for Enduring Architecture at the recent AIA Queensland Architecture Awards. This particular award is in recognition of architecture that is at least 25 years old and is outstanding in merit, form, function and quality.
It is this concern with the ‘stitching together’ of unrelated elements that informed the design brief’s genesis: a specific requirement of the built solution by the owner and an opportunity to reflect her hobby interest.
The interior design solution is a direct response to the client’s brief. It recognises the requirements of the administrators, educators and students and integrates these within the constraints of the building and highly technical functions.
The three level fitout juxtaposes a mix of corporate and vibrant student learning spaces which predominantly cater for blue-ribbon disciplines including medicine and law.