The Kensington Colleges win more industry awards

Posted 13 August 2014

AIA Award

The Kensington Colleges development – home to almost 1000 students – has won the Multiple Housing Award from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW Chapter.

Designed by architects Bates Smart, The Kensington Colleges are owned and operated by UNSW.

The jury citation noted that student accommodation was a distinct type of multiple housing, which needs to respond to the common needs of a diverse group of occupants.

Commenting on the “careful, restrained and beautifully executed work”, they noted that the development avoids fashion and excess and will stand the test of time.

The University’s $110 million, two-year redevelopment of The Kensington Colleges is part of a major expansion in student accommodation. UNSW now offers close to 5,000 on-campus beds, more than any other university in NSW.

The development has also been entered into the AIA’s national awards, which will be announced in November.

Think Brick Awards

The Kensington Colleges development has also won the Horbury Hunt Commercial Award and Grand Prix at the 2014 Think Brick Awards,

One of the features of the development is the extensive use of glazed bricks, which were created and named specifically for the project to reflect the individual identity of each of the five colleges.

The jury commented that “this…compelling suite of buildings…exploit the inherent qualities and innovative potential of brick to great effect.

“Designed and built with an enviable attention to detail, this exemplary project sets a new benchmark for the student housing typology.”

UPDATE: 2014 National Architecture Awards

Lauded as an “exemplar student housing project”, UNSW’s Kensington Colleges took honours in the 2014 National Architecture Awards.

The Colleges, which were designed by architects Bates Smart, won the National Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing at an Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) ceremony in Darwin in November.

The national jury citation called the Kensington Colleges “a striking collection of buildings” and complimented the intelligent design that met the social, privacy and support needs of the almost 1000 students that call them home.