Tika Tirka presents a prototype for a new type of building, to be rolled-out nationally, to support the education and training of indigenous tertiary students from regional and remote areas.
The building offers a variety of social and study spaces to suit different group sizes and activities. These range from common living, meeting, dining, rooftop terrace and courtyard spaces to more intimate shared living spaces within ‘Pods’ of 3-4 bedrooms.
The central courtyard, as the principal organising device across all floors, ensures light and aspect to all spaces. Integrated underground car and bicycle parking, accessed from Owen Street, help to maximise useable floor space. Additional ESD features include the efficient concrete and steel structure, sun-shading, PV solar array and rooftop kitchen garden.
The building is designed to maximise the medium density infill potential of the tight corner site and positively contribute to the activation and diversity of Gilbert Street.