Richard Middleton Architects
RMA is a multi-discipline design office providing professional services in urban design, master planning, architecture & interior design. Our portfolio includes master plans for large urban and regional projects, large and small university projects, multi-unit residential developments, private dwellings, workplace, retail, commercial and hospitality projects within Australia and Asia. Specialties: Master Planning, Architecture & Interior Design in the following sectors: Commercial Education Hospitality Residential Retail
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Monash Clayton Student Housing (for BVN Donovan Hi
Clayton, Victoria, 2011
AIA National Awards Multiple Residential Jury Citation 2012 Residential Architecture ‘ Multiple Housing: Frederick Romberg Award Australian Institute of Architects Monash University Student Housing, Clayton, comprises two five-storey buildings, each containing three hundred studios and flanking a central, common courtyard. A home away from home, the project successfully nurtures the student community while supporting the individual ‘ the courtyard is the meeting point and entry to each building and the place where students interact. Shared spaces and vertical circulation are located at the centre of each building, encouraging interaction. The main communal spaces are double-storey volumes that play an important role in connecting all levels and defining the architectural composition. Each wing of the building has thirty studios per level. At twenty square metres, the studio module ‘ each studio has an ensuite, kitchenette, and sleeping and study spaces ‘ was refined to create a sense of spaciousness, and incorporates extensive operable floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed 2.7- metre-high ceilings, with services contained at central risers. The external mass is effectively minimized and serially patterned by the offset coupling of units clad in vertical timber.