Student Accommodation

James Cook University, Cairns Campus,

Wilson Architects has provided a design competition scheme for new student accommodation at James Cook University, Cairns Campus. 

The Cairns project will provide a unique response to the tropical environment.

Our scheme aims to encourage a positive engaging student experience through enabling opportunity for student interactions from the individual, through small living groups, to larger scale communities based around floors wings or the housing scheme.  These interactions are supported with spaces designed to facilitate living; be it within the apartment, study and learning spaces or recreation and relaxing spaces.

JCU Internal Courtyard.jpeg

The architectural response captures a central courtyard space which is intimate enough to provide a domestic focus for the housing scheme but large enough to connect all the communal living and study spaces within the scheme.  The building is scaled to set a precedence for a compact urban environment moving forward, but one with strong integration and connection to the Tropical landscape.




2016 - Current

Project Value


Key Personnel
Hamilton Wilson,
Brent Hardcastle, Tomo Takada, Paul Newman,
Alex Quah-Smith, John Harrison, Ilka Salisbury, Emerald Vermeer

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