The Bouverie Street project is the first Student Halls of Residence in Carlton by The University of Melbourne and UniLodge.
Set within the northern edge of the city in Carlton, the building responds contextually to its immediate neighbours and history, and offers affordable housing for 579 students. The project integrates a college-style of accommodation with extensive shared facilities including open and quiet study spaces, communal kitchen and various common spaces that aim to foster not only differing social functions but also encouraging students to meet, collaborate, learn and socialise.
The design provides a conduit for residents to actively pursue and encourage community activities and interactions. The communal kitchen on ground floor is designed for large social gatherings, providing ample pantry storage ‘Masterchef’ style. Communal and festive dining in the Conservatory opens up to the outdoor laneway courtyard, reminiscent of Melbourne rooftops and laneway ambiance.
A neutral colour palette with industrial accents and vibrant bursts of colour reflect the city’s street art culture, consideration of public and private spaces, and draws the outside in with the integration of natural light, double height spaces and glimpses of street level life. Each aspect of the design contributes to creating a sense of city living and home.