Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Swanston Square Apartments

client:
Grocon
date:
2008
location:
Melbourne, Carlton 3054
map:
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link:
"Swanston Square" website



This 1,200m2 floor plate building combines naturally ventilated corridors and a large central void with shared spaces and open stair-wells to create a residential community above a retail complex.

Sited between Melbourne University and RMIT University, this residential development was designed to appeal to a high demand for tertiary student accommodation and meeting Grocon’s ambitious sustainable design, social well-being and innovative design criteria.

Each apartment was designed to provide maximum amenity in the most efficient way. The construction methodology allowed the abolition of entire trades by fabricating the services to each apartment into the joinery off-site and by constructing walls and ceilings from pre-finished panelised materials.

The central void bulges the plan form of the building providing the north-west and south-west apartments with views the site would otherwise not allow.

The project was wholly designed before the client sold the site to an alternate developer in mid 2014.

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