Brisbane State High School – Kurilpa Building

Delivery of a flexible building for 1,000 students that provides critical outdoor covered space. A design that re-orientated the front of the school, engaging with the heritage and urban context.

ThomsonAdsett’s Brisbane State High School masterplan design resulted in the new Kurilpa building. The redevelopment (inclusive of Year 7) provides a facility for 1,000 pupils on a highly-constrained inner city site.

The design respects the heritage of the original building from the 1930s while engaging the students, staff, and visitors with the context of the city and the park.

Collaborative learning ‘cornerstones’ embrace this outward-looking role supporting teachers and students in twenty-first century learning.

This major project has delivered an efficient and sustainable outcome for the school, government and wider community that sits comfortably within the rapid growth of the South Bank precinct. The design includes:

  • a feature art terrace to support a multitude of events
  • framing of the school and city views
  • innovative use of precast construction
  • the use of colour to assist wayfinding
  • seamless pedestrian connectivity with the existing site infrastructure.

The project was successfully completed on time with due consideration of staging and decanting on a live operational campus.


Queensland Government Department of Education


South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia



Interior Design


Completed 2015


$60 million


ThomsonAdsett listened to us, shared vision, and delivered a creative precinct of deep meaning to our school.

Christine Collins, General Manager
Brisbane State High School