Announcement: Student housing wins commendation at state level
Allen Jack+Cottier has received a Commendation in the category of Residential – Multiple Housing at Queensland’s Australian Institute of Architecture’s (AIA) Awards for the design of Campus Living Village [Kelvin Grove]. Located within Kelvin Grove Urban Village, a joint initiative by the Department of Housing and the Queensland University of Technology, Campus Living Village was designed to house students from the nearby university campus. A two-building development with a publicly accessibly courtyard, it had already been earmarked with a Regional Commendation just a few weeks earlier.
The student housing emphasises quality of individual space alongside community integration, using public amenities, retail and food outlets to encourage a village atmosphere and comfortable, well-designed private quarters. The development was likened by the AIA to Le Corbusier’s iconic Unite d’Habition in Marseille, renowned world-wide as a realisation of the architect’s vision for communal living.
“This project provides a robust, economical and lively answer to Brisbane’s student housing needs. The innovative planning configuration maximizes the potential of the hillside site, while offering students comfortable, environmentally responsible share apartment accommodation. Simple durable construction and finishes distinguish this thoughtfully conceived and realized residential development.” Jury comments, Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Queensland Architecture Awards, 2008