Student Residence and Dining Facilities

Location: Mpumalanga, South Africa
Client:  University of Mpumalanga
Start Date: 2017
Completion Date: 2019
Size: 8740m2
Project Team: Ludwig Hansen, Günther Wagner, Jessica Thomson, Gary van Lieshout, Jacob Kritzinger, Candice Janse Van Rensburg Nave, Michael Watson

University of Mpumalanga Student Residence and Dining Facilities

The project brief consists of the following: Student accommodation consisting of a mix of single rooms with shared amenities, shared rooms with shared amenities and self-contained bachelor units accommodating a total of 216 students. A Student Dining Hall and Kitchen that seats 750 students along with limited student shops.

The intent was to create a building focussed around the social spaces coupled with student life on campus. The building programme arranges these social spaces so as to enhance connectivity within the building as well as the broader campus. The connectivity of social space encourages communal living and may foster a great student society.

By splitting open the mass, the building programme cradles several intimate courtyards along the length of the site whilst acknowledging the larger urban axis that terminates at this site and the university’s edge.

The ground floor programme responds with an active edge to the internal campus street, taking advantage of the perimeter blocks along the adjacent road.

The entire south-west facade forms part of the larger University Facade as viewed from the D725 and will respond accordingly, providing momentary previews into the courtyards and social dining space by means of voids, materiality and penetrations in the building envelope.

A thick masonry envelope with deep set glazed portions and carefully designed balconies, facade penetrations and place making details will provide a subtlety to this large building.