UNSW Kensington Colleges
GroupGSA was part of a consortium for the Early Contractor Involvement bid for the redevelopment of the student accommodation colleges at the University of New South Wales in Kensington. GroupsGSA was shortlisted to provide an innovative design solution to a fixed maximum price within a strict timeline.
The redevelopment of the five student accommodation colleges was to create a village centre for students within the university campus and incorporates a combination of urban design, architecture, interiors and landscape architecture. Consideration of the university environment and greater campus context allows the site to have a pedestrian focus maintaining important links throughout the project site, and to existing campus pathways. The design of the public space encourages student interaction and ranges from open plazas for activities, to smaller gathering spaces with seating for more intimate gatherings. Significant level changes across the site provide opportunities for seating terraces and the promotion of views across the site, while high quality finishes and materials complement the renewed character of the development.