SG2 Design
'NEWMAN HOUSE' STUDENT HOUSING. Melbourne, Australia, 2013-2017.

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This project was done with Collodetti & Partners and involved the addition of a new three-storey student housing complex, as an extension to an existing two-storey student residence at Melbourne University.

The existing historic red brick residence lies within a heritage district, which includes the Unesco-listed 'Newman College' designed by the renowned Architect, Walter Burley Griffin in 1916. The subject site is quite prominent and unique in that it is triangular in form and located at the end of a relatively quiet residential street. The proposed residence was designed as a "wedge in-fill", to complete the footprint of the site that previously accomodated an old garage and outdoor car park.

The triangular form of the new addition is connected to the existing building via a central ramp and bridge, which transitions the changes in levels from the existing two storeys to three. The new window openings are randomly placed, yet respect the vertical nature and proportions of the windows on the existing residence. New vertical stone and metal claddings create a respectful contrast to the existing brick building, but pay homage to the prominent materials used on Newman College across the road.  

©2014 Sebastiano Ghezzi

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