In attempt to meet the need for a sense of community, the buildings are flanked around a central, common courtyard which serves as a meeting point and entry into each building.
Each wing of the building grouped in clusters of 30 studios per level. Studios contain a kitchenette, ensuite and living/sleeping space.
At 20 square metres, the studio module was refined to create a sense of spaciousness, incorporating extensive operable floor to ceiling windows and exposed ceilings 2.7 metres in height, with services contained at central risers.
This project has achieved a 5 star Green Star As-Designed rating and is in the process of assessment for an As Built 5 Star rating. It has been identified as the new benchmark for the National and State Government for Affordable Housing.
At a construction cost of $65 million, the 23,000 square metre development was completed in November 2011 by a joint venture between Leighton Holdings subsidiary, Broad Constructions and APM Group.
The project was commissioned by Monash University and supported through the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), a Federal and State-Government sponsored scheme that subsidises units to be rented out at 20% below market rate.