Designed by architects Bates Smart, the Kensington Colleges are owned and operated by UNSW.
The jury citation noted that student accommodation was a distinct type of multiple housing, which needed to respond to the common needs of a diverse group of occupants.
“Bates Smart is known for its careful, restrained and beautifully executed work, and this project is no exception…Avoiding fashion and excess, this project will stand the test of time.”
The University’s $110 million two-year redevelopment of the Kensington Colleges, which include the historic Basser, Philip Baxter and Goldstein colleges – is part of a major expansion in student accommodation. UNSW now offers close to 5000 on-campus beds, more than any other university in NSW.
UNSW Executive Director, University Services, Neil Morris, said the new colleges set a benchmark for student accommodation in Australia, offering great facilities as well as a residential care program, academic mentoring and social, sporting and cultural activities.
“We recognised the significant unmet demand for ‘full service’ and high-quality accommodation on campus,” Mr Morris said.
Fees include meals, utilities, wifi, cleaning, use of student lounges, common areas and facilities, formal dinners and events.
The winner of the AIA’s national awards will be announced in November.
Media contact: Denise Knight, UNSW Media Office, 02 9385 3249