The Regiment Building is a gateway site for the University of Sydney. Marking the southern entry into the University grounds, the signature built form is a unique design and offers affordable living and learning experiences for over 600 students.
The engagement with the University’s Wingara Mura Storylines project, ensures that a vibrant and deep cultural narrative becomes an integral part of the experience of living in student accommodation.
The concept of Place, Community and Learning are prominent aspects within the Wingara Mura Storylines project. These ideas are present throughout the architectural and interior language of the design; in particular in the design thinking behind the dramatic corner site “wrapped interpretive artwork screen” facade and the signature graphic artworks of the interiors.
The built form concept is based on creating and grouping communities with associated flexible common spaces provided throughout the design to encourage students to meet, collaborate, learn and socialise. The design considers the wellbeing of students, actively encouraging community activities and happenstance interactions at central flexi spaces.
Distinguishing spaces for gathering and creativity, the interior artworks are indelibly linked to the purpose and intent of each space. Drawing on the significance of Place, Community or Learning, the visuals are based on photographs from across the University campus, layered with hand drawn illustrations and hidden symbolic elements. These meanings are further imbued through the naming of each common space and typical student floor with a Gadigal word from the Eora language.
Structured by the connections to the local area, the ground floor is the heart of the community of the Regiment Building. As a shared student and public space, it is the centre for creating, learning, eating, sharing and teaching. The communal kitchen is designed for large social gatherings, including a demonstration kitchen and conservatory lounge. The calm and relaxing colour palettes and careful consideration of acoustic, thermal and ergonomic environments, all contribute to create a sense of wellness and home.
- The University of Sydney