* This project was under the design direction of Stephen Cameron while previously working at Hassell.
Client: University of Queensland
Scale: 500 apartments
Stauts: concept only
On a macro scale the overall form of this student accommodation proposal responds primarily to the site topography, which falls steadily toward the northern end of the site. Looking closer, the mass of the buildings are conceived as an additive arrangement of individual unit ‘blocks’ onto which are plugged simple steel balconies. The stacking of these blocks is varied across the site to respond to the existing context, provide views, and produce an interesting built form that becomes new built topography overlaying the natural terrain.
Rather than consolidate the apartments into a single, monolithic building, we have proposed a site planning strategy that is founded upon the desire to create village-scaled courtyard spaces scattered across the site, allowing for frequent small-group use and the development of a tangible sense of communal familiarity.
There are two types of courtyard:
_Primary courtyards that are of a more generous civic scale and form a continuous circulation route between the site’s three main access points
_Secondary courtyards that provide a more intimate-scaled outdoor space for informal outdoor leisure and recreation.
A single-loaded access strategy has been adopted, as it allows all apartments to have a northern or street-facing view, and it also ensures that no living room overlooks another. The variety of windows, balconies and walkways that open onto the courtyards also helps to activate and animate them throughout the day and night.
The detailed apartment planning sets out to create simple, repeatable modules that are cost-effective to fabricate and produce a high quality environment for living and studying.