ZERO+ - MORE THAN JUST A ROOM
MORE THAN JUST A ROOM
The residential on-campus living typology in Clayton Monash University, specifically Howitt Hall has become unappealing to users. 95% of students say they would rather live in a shared house or an apartment close to the city. More Than Just a Room creates a destination for students to reside on campus for longer, whilst providing an opportunity to live sustainably and create lifestyle changes that students will take with them after university life. The project aims to enhance the existing reasons for living on campus (community connection), improve transportation and reimagine the house within this typology.
More Than Just a Room addresses how each micro-level (room) contributes to the overall system of sustainable and resilient living. The garage, the backyard, the study, the living room and the bedroom, each have associated sustainable systems and architectural interventions that retrofit, add to, or alter the existing building of Howitt Hall to achieve net-zero. This micro-room strategy suggests that these rooms can become a catalgue of approaches that could also be applied across other typologies within the campus.