Australian Catholic University (ACU) Mercy Building

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.

We recently held our Corporate Day in the Mercy Building’s ‘The Gaudete Centre’ – a meeting and function space with fantastic views over Brisbane. This space was the perfect venue for a day of workshops, where our team from all over Australia came together.

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.