The Boulevard; Purpose Built Student Accommodation
Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
The Boulevard is the first of several projects planned for Perth offering purpose-built student accommodation not aligned with any specific institution.
As a formalised college co-located with a university, or informally as a share-house in the suburbs, student accommodation is well-understood. However, this project reinterprets the familiar residential apartment typology. Based on a principle of creating a community, internal programming is influenced by the needs of the international students supporting each other through what can be a lonely and stressful time.
Adapted from a typical apartment tower form, a thoughtful strategy of minimising apparent building width has been effective, additionally providing an opportunity for daylighting in what effectively becomes a pair of narrow buildings joined by a core.
A diverse range of student accommodation types allows for a range of student “households” from single rooms to a large share-house. The functional relationships between student rooms, study areas and common social, utility and breakout areas are well-controlled, legible, interesting and functional. The use of durable industrial materials and colour theory creates an urban, creative and engaging architecture.
Adaptability of the building to other uses has been cleverly considered, acknowledging future uncertainty and the possible impact of evolving online and off-campus education.