Student housing project designged by Allen Jack + Cottier opens at Macquarie University, built to accommodate up to 102 students
Allen Jack+Cottier’s newest student housing project, Robert Menzies College (RMC) at Macquarie University’s Ryde, NSW campus, has been officially opened by the Archbishop of Sydney, The Most Reverend Peter Jensen.
The new four-level building will accommodate up to 102 students, and is among a number of innovative student housing projects designed by Allen Jack+Cottier, one of the leading student accommodation architecture firms in Australia with more than 1,500 student beds currently under construction or completed. AJ+C is a leading Australian architectural practice with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Beijing, whose previous projects include The Rouse Hill Town Centre, Australia, the Dong Zheng International Hotel in China, and the Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium in Australia
As well as providing student beds, seminar rooms and common room areas are available for senior undergraduates, post-graduate and doctoral students. While it has been designed to sit alongside the existing buildings on the site, it also makes a statement as a stand-alone contemporary building. It has been designed with passive solar principles in mind, providing custom sun-shading elements particular to the direction faced, cross ventilation to all common areas and corridors, insulated facades and thermal mass. Vertical blades to the east and west facades are not only practical but also add detail to the façade.
“AJ+C has a deep understanding of tertiary student housing design, and the need for tertiary institutions to offer well designed, affordable, practical & attractive housing in today’s highly competitive environment,” said AJ+C Principal & CEO Michael Heenan.
“Our core objective was to give our client a robust, contemporary, flexible, energy-efficient & architecturally outstanding building that exemplifies Robert Menzies College’s aspiration to provide “Home for an expanding living-learning community. At the same time, it was important to deliver a rational and attractive response to the building’s context – to use it to ‘complete’ the fabric of the College.”
Robert Menzies College Master, Bruce Pollard, said the new the building successfully achieved all these objectives. “We are extremely happy with the completed building and feel that it exemplifies the aims and aspirations of RMC and ourselves,” AJ+C Architect, Scott Norton said. “Architectural references have been made to the robust materials and textures of the existing buildings, such as face brick and terracotta cladding.
The opening ceremony was also attended by the Honourable Michael Egan, Chancellor of Macquarie University, with Local State and Federal members and Councillors of the City of Ryde Council.