The sister project to Wee Hur Gibbons Street brings high amenity, affordable student accommodation to Redfern.

The Wee Hur Regent Street student accommodation is an 18-storey tower of high-quality managed student residences, within walking distance of the urban campuses of central Sydney. 

Envisaged as a place for young people, that is fun and fosters learning, creativity and friendship, it includes communal areas such as a rooftop garden with barbecues, kitchen and dining, a games room, 24-hour gymnasium and private study rooms. Many residents will be living away from their family, and even their home country, for the first time, having experiences which will shape and define the rest of their lives. 

The building accommodates 408 beds in total in a mix of single and double studio rooms. At ground level, the 2-storey brick podium reinforces Regent Street’s ‘high street’ of boutique retailers and strong local tradition of brick buildings, while the tower above is expressed as a modern element with glazed common rooms punching out at the corners providing views up Regent Street and across to Redfern Station.

The Marian Street corner brickwork references the distinctive tiled façade of the old pub that stood on the site, which extends deep into the building to create an internal ‘street’ connecting the two entries on Regent and Marian Streets, lined with common areas, reception and staff offices. Salvaged and re-used historic fireplaces and decorative pressed metal panels from the demolished buildings on site are featured in the common rooms, creating a ‘hearth’ for gathering and socialising.

Connecting the tower to its adjoining sister village of Wee Hur Gibbons Street is a large-scale artwork by Nicole Monks. The work represents fishing spears used by First Nations people in the waterways that once ran through this area. A widened laneway at the rear of the site includes smaller scale public art works, extending the nascent cycling and walking route from Redfern Station down to Daniel Dawson Park and building upon the existing well-known Redfern Art Walk and destined to attract art lovers and the public to the area.

Project Facts

Services

Architecture, Interior Design

Complete

2024

Value

$58.4 million

Photography

Graham Jepson

Key Contacts

Brian Mariotti
Director  View profile

Scott Norton
Studio Director, Interiors View profile

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