Over the last few years our office has worked with Monash University to upgrade the facilities for over 2000 students who reside at their Clayton campus. Housed within 8 architecturally designed 1960s Modernist buildings, this significant accommodation offering has been upgraded to meet the demands of student life in for the next 20 plus years.
Being solid masonry construction, and containing original details, services and construction methodologies, this complex project has been designed and detailed to enable compact construction timelines that fit within university holidays.
The diverse program addresses a broad range of spaces including student bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens as well as support spaces for college heads and DDA residences. Each building has been stripped back to their structural elements and rebuilt in a highly economical and efficient manner, whilst allowing for technological upgrades and a modern aesthetic overlay.
The reinvigoration of the interior design identifies each college, whilst relating to its modernist architectural heritage and beautifully native landscape environment seen in the surrounding campus. Engaging with the largely international student body, the spaces use a colour palette extrapolated from native plantings, layered in shades of soft gum greens and greys. The palette evolves from college to college to give individual identities whilst relating still to landscape.
Creating contained apartments, many of the spaces are compact and thus a series of custom joinery elements are designed to meeting the needs for student living. Custom robes, study desks and bathroom vanities carefully address details from studying, charging devices, storage, hanging clothes, washing dishes and storing even large travel suit cases.
The project addresses every small detail, whilst the accumulation of these across 8 student accommodation buildings represent a substantial undertaking in scale.Back to Projects