Student accommodation and design prowess don't necessarily go hand in hand, in fact many of Melbourne's dated student accommodation buildings are an affront to the senses.
Generally very repetitive in every aspect of their design, very few cut through and resonate with a sense of design nous. One such project that does deserve its moment in the sun is Deakin University's freshly completed Burwood student accommodation project sited on Uganda Street.
Delivered by ADCO Constructions, the new Burwood facility differentiates itself from many, if not all of its inner city counterparts is that it has an asset that seldom few can boast; space, and an abundance of it. Perhaps the best feature of the Burwood student accommodation project is that this space isn't treated as an afterthought, it is integral to both the new building and the wider precinct.
Thoughtful use of the space surrounding the new complex manifests itself by way of landscaping and extensive placemaking.
Designed by Nettleton Tribe, the project is spread over three wings, with internal apartments generally configured in a 2, 4 and 6 bedroom format, providing on-campus accommodation for an additional 575 students.
Built over 17 months, key internal features include a central common area with lounge and kitchen/dining zones, multiple communal study zones and student car parking. Rooftop solar panels adds to the buildings credentials but it is at ground level where the new facility excels.
The accommodation's three separate wings has allowed for a network of pathways and green spaces to take precedence. Adjacent to the build is an open plan recreation space which features flexible format furniture, a games area, outdoor entertainment area with BBQ, various styles of seating and lighting to the majority of areas.
These spaces funnel through the ground level plane of the new complex, effectively creating a focal point.
Nettleton Tribe's latest design also links with their 2012 student accommodation building and beyond. Deakin University's considerable investment also sees placemaking initiatives such as the Burwood Link currently under construction.
Impressive as Deakin University's new Burwood student accommodation project is, it doesn't stand alone as a shining example of the typology in Melbourne's suburbs. Mention should go to RMIT Bundoora's McKimmies Road facility and Monash Clayton's Student accommodation Precinct; both of which go to great lengths in melding new buildings effectively with their surrounds by way of extensive landscaping.
See below further images of Deakin University's new student accommodation building.