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Woods Bagot designs 124m-tall student accommodation tower

A planning application has been lodged for a Woods Bagot-designed tall and slender tower in the Adelaide CBD. If built, the 124.2-metre-tall tower will be among the world’s tallest towers specifically designed to house students.

The tower would occupy a site at 29 Twin Street, between Grenfell Street and Rundle Mall and contain a total of 510 beds across single studios and shared apartments with up to six beds.

Woods Bagot associate principal Alex Hall, said, “The site dimensions presented the opportunity for the design team to create a simple singular expression that highlights and celebrates a slender tower.

Twin Street student accomodation by Woods Bagot.

Twin Street student accomodation by Woods Bagot.

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“A three-level lobby void will respect and respond to the adjoining Gays Arcade whilst creating a transparent, somewhat floating podium for the tower.”

The development would also include spaces designed “to encourage a communal and collaborative learning and social environment for student occupants.”

These would include a communal mezzanine lounge, cinema and events space, study and dining area, a “garden retreat” and rooftop lawn, and a gym.

“Even the laundry facilities have been considered as a meeting place for occupants whilst they wait,” Hall said.

“Rather than hide the laundry, it is instead featured on level 17 in a prime north facing space. The machines will be integrated with the interior design of the area rather than being the sole purpose of this space.”

If approved, construction would begin in 2019 and take 18 months to complete.

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