Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Student Accommodation

Joondalup, WA, Australia

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The new 6 storey building on the edge of Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus, just north of Perth, adds 127 beds to, and provides common facilities for, the existing 150 bed student village of two-storey accommodation buildings.

The building was conceived as part of an “old city wall” that defines the eastern edge of the campus, marking the transition from the urban context of the university to the bushland and lake across the road.

The eastern half is of face brick; with corbelled courses, raked beds and panels of contrasting glazed brick evoking the ancient and weathered quality of an old city wall.

The western half looks back over the campus and the architectural expression responds to the “vibrant, modern nature” of the university with a more playful expression. Different sized windows with coloured and angled sunshades create bold patterns on the façade and contrast with the sober expression of the eastern half.

The northern end is expressed as a tower to visually counterpoint the Chancellery building on the other side of campus and provide an orientation point as the new social centre of the student village.

82 NRAS studio bedrooms make up the bulk of the rooms, the majority of these face east towards the bush and lake across the road and there are 11 multi-bed units on the western side.

Common areas such as pool, deck, kitchen and recreation room are located in the northern end, with two double height common spaces in the ‘tower’ above.

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