The Australian architecture industry may be achieving a feat that many parents struggle with daily: getting the kids to move out of home.
Many Australian students – and particularly those in Victoria – opt to live at home while completing their studies at metropolitan universities. This phenomenon occurs due at least in part to the high cost of living and renting in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne.
The architecture industry is looking to tackle this challenge by meeting the growing demand for affordable student accommodation.
Award-winning firm Billard Leece Partnership has created the La Trobe University Wodonga Campus Student Accommodation to help fill that need.
Developed out of necessity for students studying in the rural area, the accommodation allows inhabitants out-of-home living in a manner that promotes community and education, bridging the gap between familial home and full-scale independent living.
The development includes space for twenty-eight beds, communal and kitchenette space, dining areas and car parking spaces. Natural light is optimised through the implementation of large windows and the interior colour pallette is contextualised within the natural surroundings as it features an organic colour scheme.
The development stands as one of many major campus accommodation developments that have either been recently completed or are still under construction nationwide. Not only will this sector surge offer to meet a growing demand for first time home-leavers, but will also offer to open up a new sector for industry housing.