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Confucius Institute

Aug 12, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Architect Suters

The Confucius Institute is an organisation set up to develop cultural awareness, understanding and teach the Chinese language in Universities outside of China. Located on QUT’s Garden Point campus, the 150m2 space consists of a generous entry and reception area, meeting room with kitchen facilities, utility area, open workstation area and two offices. The conceptual framework strategy was developed around the idea of a Chinese lantern. The lantern shapes the space as a beacon of light within the sombre encompassing fabric of the existing environment in which it is located, a space within a space. White walls and joinery contrast with the dark bamboo flooring and reception counter top. Splashes of red within seating, tile splash back and the display cabinet allude to the ownership of the space without being overtly oriental.

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