The two-storey Holland House Hostel comprises accommodation for forty-two students including study spaces, shared living spaces, reception, common kitchen, bathroom facilities, and a self-contained unit for the House Parent.
The commission was won through a design competition, with the exterior architectural style in keeping with the aesthetic of the existing buildings on campus. PAUA Architects (as Antanas Procuta Architects) worked closely with staff and students to develop the brief and design to create comfortable and enriching study spaces that are often 'home' to the students for up to five years. Paua provided full architectural design and project management services.
The design contains a north-facing glass atrium which allows for plenty of light and warmth to be captured in the hub of the two lounges. Holland House achieved excellent thermal mass and soundproofing due to the insulated-concrete construction materials used. Stormwater from the roof is stored before being used for the grey water flushing toilets within the building.
Structural elements are showcased within the interior spaces. A nine metre parallel steel chord truss acts as a balustrade to the upstairs lounge that overlooks the lower level.
The high-quality facility sits comfortably within the character of the existing Diocesan School buildings whilst incorporating environmentally sustainable design principles.