Selwyn Street, University of Waikato, Tauranga Student Village

8441 Selwyn Web
8441 Selwyn Web

Selwyn Street Student Living strengthens the University of Waikato's city ecosystem in Tauranga.

The design challenges typical student accommodation. Catering for Gen Z and the future Generation alpha students, this project creates a sense of inclusiveness, belonging, sharing, caring and learning.

93 student rooms and one Manager's room are accommodated across four levels in a tight challenging site, situated on the fringe of the city and within viewing distance of the University of Waikato's city campus in Tauranga.

The coastal lifestyle has been maximised with views of the Tauranga estuary, the harbour and a view of Mount Maunganui from the top level. The courtyard facing North creates a space for all day activity and social activity. A communal "masterchef" kitchen creates a learning landscape, influenced by pedagogy. Bright colours highlight the common areas, and create contrast to the interior spaces, creating social hubs and a sense of community.