ANU SA8, Canberra

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ANU Acton Campus, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

This project responds to a brief from the ANU to create a new student village for 1,000 beds. The village is to be located within the ANU Acton Campus, which has a bushland character defined by a low-rise scale, large established trees and generous areas of green open space.

The proposed masterplan envisages a series of accommodation buildings, located sympathetically within the landscape setting. Green open spaces located alongside Sullivan’s Creek provide opportunities for socialising and recreation, whilst a new communal hub will become a focus for student services, activities and events. New road and bridge connections create strong connections with the wider campus, enabling the village to be a fully integrated development.

The residential halls have been planned around a cohort model limited to 25 students. To encourage diversity, a range of typologies are proposed across the site, from study rooms with pastoral care, en-suite rooms in an independent living model, and family units. Amenity to residential accommodation is maximised by introducing natural light and ventilation to circulation spaces and bathrooms. The buildings have been orientated to take advantage of views to the creek and Black Mountain, whist maximising solar access to communal areas.

Australian National University

Approx 30,000 sqm

Due 2021