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Monash University Halls of Residence Clayton, Melbourne

The location of key social infrastructure is at the heart of a scheme for 500 student studios in two new buildings at the university’s Clayton campus.

College living can be a fantastically social experience, but for new students this relies on developing social networks. The design instils a feeling of inclusion by creating large social spaces where common life is negotiated. An expansive, light filled void with an open stair is the social essence of each building. These are the hubs where the two residential wings meet, grouping communal dining, lounges and games rooms on each level and encouraging chance encounters. The two buildings link to a key pedestrian thoroughfare, encouraging a high level of engagement with the surrounding campus and greater university. Integrated bike stores are located right beside the main entries.

The form of the buildings has been greatly influenced by environmental best practice to manage solar gain and encourage natural light, and the project is certified 5-Star Green Star.

Hayball / RMArchitects in association