Press release: New housing sets a benchmark for student lifestyle
The new village – developed and owned by Campus Living Villages – consists of two buildings (456 beds in 109 apartments) enclosing a landscaped courtyard. The courtyard is publicly accessible, providing a potential thoroughfare to pedestrians. Retail and food outlets address the street and further integrate the facility with the surrounding village community. The buildings reflect the pragmatism of design for the sub-tropical climate, with their appearance influenced by passive environmental initiatives.
Corrugated steel cladding (providing shading and insulation to the masonry structure), wide overhangs and attached sunshades to windows are specific to the location and aspect. The result is a building enlivened by deep shadows and high contrasts of the Queensland sun. Colour is used sparingly – though with some vigour – contributing to building variety and direction finding.