Construction is underway for a new 624 bed student accommodation building for La Trobe University. It will be the largest mass timber building in Victoria, utilising 4500 cubic meters of Cross Laminated and GluLam timber, and forms part of La Trobe’s ambitious plan to transform it's Bundoora campus into a University City of the Future.
Two separate six-story radial buildings envelop a generous central courtyard, purposefully shaped to respect the existing campus gum trees. A mix of one, four, five and six bed apartments are supported by study areas, student kitchens and large communal spaces.
The design aims to foster residential life and campus communities by reducing a large scale development into finer grain and human scale experiences. The building will achieve a 5 star greenstar as-built rating and a significantly low carbon footprint.