2017 National Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Commendation

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RMIT Bundoora West Student Accommodation by Richard Middleton Architects (RMA).

RMIT Bundoora West Student Accommodation by Richard Middleton Architects (RMA). Image: Dianna Snape

RMIT Bundoora West Student Accommodation by Richard Middleton Architects (RMA)
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing: National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Innovative social sustainability is at the heart of this design – employing a residential typology that is both communal and low-cost. A share house model allows four bedrooms to link into more private lounges immediately outside. The client and architects have also invested heavily to showcase sustainably sourced materials. Through sensitive placement within a significant eucalypt stand, a cruciform plan allows landscape outlook to all apartments and natural siphoning ventilation for each level. Introducing a robust yet warm palette, the architects have achieved a quality and richness for residents unusual in institutional housing types procured under the design and construct model.


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