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La Trobe University Student Accommodation

Sustainable university accommodation embracing a green future

  • $100M

    Project Value

  • 5

    Green Star As Built

  • 600+


  • Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne, Australia

Using extensive modelling to integrate innovative solutions for La Trobe’s sustainable campus

As part of a greater expansion plan, La Trobe University undertook a $100m project to create much-needed student accommodation at its Bundoora campus. The aim? To provide 600+ beds in two 6 and 7 storey buildings to enrich the student experience. Constructed in cross-laminated timber – the largest in Victoria, and aiming to reduce its carbon footprint, the striking curved structures presented a challenge to our multi-discipline team.

Closely collaborating with the client and design team, we used passive design principles to optimise the façade and apply stringent air tightness requirements to mitigate the need for conventional heating and air conditioning. The outcome? The project delivers comfortable indoor environments through a tempered air system. Extensive modelling helped guide and verify the design, ultimately achieving improvements in the build quality and future proofing the building.

The completed project embraces sustainability, from building envelope performance through to a reduction in embodied carbon to achieve a 5 Green Star As Built rating. These synergies work together to forge a greener, more sustainable future for students and generations to come.

At a Glance

  • La Trobe University
JCB Architects
2021 Victorian Architecture Awards; Residential Architecture Award – Multiple Housing
Meet Our Team

Cormac Kelly, Associate Director, Speciality Services Group Leader, VIC

My aim is to understand the occupant’s needs and develop an environment that meets those needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Cormac Kelly Associate Director, Speciality Services Group Leader, VIC Read More

Cormac Kelly

Associate Director, Speciality Services Group Leader, VIC

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