2017 National Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Commendation

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.


Richard Middleton Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Richard Middleton (design architect), Michael Adams, Deb Adams (project architects), Ken Lai, Roman Aizengendler, Rod Allan, Vanessa Jackson, Greg Blanch, Hiro Shiu
Builder Built
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Residential
Type Apartments, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Dianna Snape


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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