La Trobe University’s 624-bed student accommodation is one of the the largest mass timber buildings in Australia, utilising 4500 cubic metres of Cross Laminated and GluLam timber. It also forms part of La Trobe’s ambitious plan to transform its Bundoora campus into a University City of the Future.

Two separate six-storey 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 development has achieved a 5 Star Green Star as-built rating, while the use of mass timber construction and a high-performance united facade system will substantially lower its carbon footprint during the building’s lifespan.


Australian Timber Design Awards: Multi-Residential


August 2020

Gross Floor Area:

18,000 sqm


Duo Projects, Stantec, TTW, WGA, Scientific Fire Services, XLam Dolomiti, ASPECT Studios, Latitude, Philip Chun

General Contractor:



John Gollings and Peter Clarke