The design created a community landmark that embraces the University’s culture and ethos.

The Mercy Building for Australian Catholic University (ACU) presented a unique opportunity to create a community landmark showcasing the attributes of the Brisbane campus to the ACU community.

The design creates a series of innovative learning environments for students and staff that embrace ACU’s culture and ethos. ThomsonAdsett drew inspiration from advancements in teaching and learning, workplace needs and the unique qualities of the immediate and wider site. Values such as unity, a strong Catholic ethos and character, wholeness and humanity have formed a vision of ‘Innovation in Learning’ for this project.

The building engages with its surrounding context by sensitively connecting to existing buildings, and also by the heritage characteristics and the panoramas of the broader site.

The design was informed by a collaborative human-centred consultation process, inclusive of stakeholder workshops and various user group meetings with staff, students and executives.




Banyo, Queensland, Australia



Interior Design


Completed 2018


$31.2 million


We are tremendously excited and proud to see the imaginative use of space that transforms the university campus. It will enrich our students, staff and partners for many years to come. The building and its impact on the university community is outstanding, leading edge and truly world class.

Jim Nyland, Associate Vice-Chancellor (Brisbane)
Australian Catholic University