Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Boston University Student Housing in Sydney, Australia by Tony Owen Partners
January 4th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tony Owen Partners
Environmentally cutting edge Boston University Student Housing opens in UTS architecture strip – Tony Owen Partners
Following the release of the new plans for the UTS Business Schiool by architect Frank Ghery, a new architectural environmental showpiece will be completed this week in the precinct. This week sees the opening of the new student housing building for Boston University in Regent Street. Designed by Tony Owen Partners in association with Silvester Fuller architects the new facility provides 164 student accommodation rooms for the US based education institution.
Boston University saw an opportunity in Sydney to provide local accomodation for its visiting students in a state of the art environmentally design showpiece. The building also contains educational facilities including theatres and lounge areas in the basement as well as a street-side café.
The 8 storey building has a unique design which uses large canyon-like slots in the façade. These slots allow sunlight and ventillation to penetrate far deeper into the building bringing more sun into each room. The windows which look into these slots have a unique rhomboid shape to maximise efficiency. These window bays in the cayons create a bold faceted architectural façade which will be illuminated with a coloured light installation at night. The end walls of the slots are made from 7 storey glass louvres and the building contains a 7 storey glass louvred atrium. Tony Owen says ‘ air is drawn through the voids and passes through the building like gills allowing the building to naturally breathe.’
The building has been developed and built by Ceerose Constructions who are currently building the iconic Eliza Aprtments in Elizabeth Street also by visionary architect Tony Owen.
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