Design by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, La Trobe University’s twin building student accommodation brings 624 new student beds to the Bundoora campus and forms part of an ambitious plan to transform the campus into a University City of the Future. The project is the largest mass timber building in Victoria, utilising 4500 cubic metres of cross laminated and GluLam timber. This is a significant project for the University and one of the first buildings of an overall master plan that creates high quality housing and study spaces, improves student living and enhances connections to adjacent precincts.
A considered palette applied to the facade and interior spaces references the macro to micro of the site’s indigenous landscape, respecting its Australian bush campus context. The colour spectrum indicates a progression from the whites, silver and greys of eucalyptus trunks to the vibrant colours found in the details – greens, pinks and reds in the gum leaves, and burnt oranges in the bark fissures. Latitude created a modular design system that is functional and architecturally harmonious in placement, colour, form and materiality for both buildings.
Client: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Centre: La Trobe University
Photographer: Peter Clarke