The 6 level 250 tenant building located at the Monash University Clayton Campus for the purpose of Student Accommodation, incorporates both living and communal areas designed to increase communication and exchanges with other tenants. The large, spacious, and effectively designed communal areas particularly benefit students with the idea of working together.
The building is positioned to maximise its northern frontage. The building’s stepped form and colonnade define a landscaped foreground to the building that sits alongside the newly developed Sports Walk.
The Ground Floor of Logan will be occupied by a mix of retail tenants, with the back of the house and servicing from the rear of the L-shaped footprint. Building services, plant and equipment, the residents’ garden and BBQ facilities will be located in a landscaped courtyard to the south of the building.
The ground floor of Logan features a bicycle arrival station and storage center. This area provides a comprehensive end of journey bicycle facility comprising undercover secure parking for bicycles.
Logan features both vertical air circulation and common facilities in the corner where the two wings meet, on each level. These which include double height common and games rooms are places of increased activity where students meet and socialize while enjoying the eastern views to the Dandenong’s and beyond.
The passive design elements used in the design of the building help to minimise energy use requirements through the use of fixed-shading on windows, which controls overheating, daylight and views. The precast concrete cladding is sized to optimise glazing requirements and is insulated to minimise heat loss. The facade finishes feature integral materials for long-term durability and robustness.
To the north and east, the building has a generous colonnade which aligns with the natural pedestrian desire lines of the campus. The colonnade provides a sheltered space between the cafes and the northern landscaped forecourt. To the east, the split masses of Logan acts to reinforce the civic quality of Scenic Boulevard. To the north, the modularity of the student units has been utilized to provide an unlikely and expressive form the recalls the distinct modernist origins of the Monash Clayton Campus.