La Trobe University’s twin building student accommodation brings 624 new student beds to the Bundoora campus and forms part of an ambitious plan to transform the campus into a University City of the Future.

A considered palette applied to the facade and interior spaces references the macro to micro of the site’s indigenous landscape, respecting its Australian bush campus context. The colour spectrum indicates a progression from the whites, silver and greys of eucalyptus trunks to the vibrant colours found in the details – greens, pinks and reds in the gum leaves, and burnt oranges in the bark fissures. 

275 apartments, including single occupancy studios and 4-, 5- and 6-bedroom units are supported by study areas, student kitchens and large communal spaces. A central core balances two equally loaded wings on a typical floorplate, creating circulation efficiency and promoting chance encounters between students.

Project Status:

Completed

Date:

2020

Gross Floor Area:

18,000 sqm

Consultants:

Duo Projects, Stantec, TTW, WGA, Scientific Fire Services, XLam Dolomiti, ASPECT Studios, Latitude, Philip Chun

General Contractor:

Multiplex

Photography:

John Gollings and Peter Clarke