UTAS Student Accomodation
Responsive to the fascinating mix of old and new buildings, the City Apartments at Melville Street is a collection of four properties working together at both an urban and human scale to create a community within and to knit that community with the broader city environment.
Australian Institute of Architects TAS Chapter, Commendation for Urban Design , 2018
Fender Katsalidis collaborated with local Tasmanian architects Terroir to design this new urban student accommodation in Hobart containing 430 residences.
The buildings front three separate streets at a major intersection at which the building opens up to create a public face for the university.
Responding to, and respectful of, the 19th century architecture along Elizabeth Street the buildings nevertheless create a palpable presence for the university in the hub of the city.
Climbing a very steep slope, the new student accommodation links the bounding streets by creating public links and inviting both students and the general public into its plazas. The resultant U-shaped form embraces sun-filled plazas.
Communal spaces foster interaction between students, whilst engaging the public within the university community through spaces such as the “buttery” – the student dining area that can be transform into a public cafe.