Iglu Central – Australian Architectural Masterpiece by Bates Smart

Bates Smart has designed an 8 story, 98-bed student accommodation facility in Regent Street, Chippendale, within close
proximity to UTS, The University of Sydney and University of Notre Dame.

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The building maximizes the allowable height and sits well within the existing streetscape. It has a corten steel skin with a warm natural patina consistent in colour with the surrounding masonry facades. The steel provides the building with a robust and highly durable facade.

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Along with neighbouring buildings, the inner walls define the edges of a communal landscaped courtyard. The ground floor accommodates internal and external social spaces designed to encourage a sense of community. There is direct access from the internal communal area into the outdoor courtyard, and a covered outdoor dining and BBQ facility.

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Typical floors contain two six-bed cluster apartments in each wing on the ‘L’, and two studios at the corner of the plan. Each apartment has a communal living/dining area with full kitchen facilities while studios have their own kitchenette.

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Over 50% of the bedrooms are orientated towards the internal courtyard to maximize acoustic and visual privacy, while both the studios and the communal living areas are located on street frontages and have a north or north-easterly aspect.

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