This dissertation is intended as a discussion concerning precedent and its contribution toward the realisation of three buildings designed by James Birrell at the University of Queensland St Lucia campus. The three buildings are the J.D Story Administration Building, the Staff House and Union College.
Currently, aside from significant catalogues and historical accounts, there is an apparent lack of comment at an undergraduate level regarding buildings designed by James Birrell. This dissertation, in a small way, endeavours to address this lack of comment.
A pattern exists in the literature regarding these three buildings. This pattern describes the buildings in terms of precedent. The discussion examines the role of the precedent against a variety of criteria that includes plan, section, typology, material, aesthetic, landscape and context.
The research demonstrates that elements in the J.D Story Administration Building, the Staff House and Union College can be associated with a number of buildings throughout the world and that the elements perhaps derive from precedent.
However, if elements are indeed sourced from a precedent, the elements are distinguished from their source by virtue of the fact that in each case they are manipulated, transformed, altered and changed in a manner that allows for new interpretations.