Sky’s the limit for students at Atira 26 April 2018


An expansive rooftop terrace, gym and gaming rooms may all sound like resort amenities but thanks to our team of architects and designers, residents of Atira Student Living can enjoy these little luxuries everyday.


Located in Merivale Street, South Brisbane, Atira was designed to do much more than just provide accommodation for students. Our Director Terry McQuillan, and Project Lead on Atira, was determined to leverage the site’s location to help welcome students to Brisbane.


“The design uses floor-to-ceiling glass to allow students to see landmarks and position themselves in the city,” Terry says. “This not only helps to promote a sense of belonging and community, but also assists residents to become familiar with Brisbane’s geography.”


Atira comprises two inter-connected towers, spanning 12 storeys and accommodating 624 student accommodation units. However, it’s the abundance of amenities that Terry describes as its real triumph.


“Almost all of the ground plane is dedicated to student amenities,” he says. “Media rooms, a communal kitchen, gym and gaming area all combine to deliver residents a warm and welcoming environment in which to gather.”


And the students agree!


“Atira offers students a fantastic lifestyle”



“Atira makes me feel at home because of the people, the feeling here, the community …”



“We have little activities such as the barbecues,

so everyone sort of comes together as a big family.”



Terry’s design expertise really came to the fore on this project in providing student housing in a sub-tropical context, the plan configuration provides maximum opportunity for cross ventilation whilst vertical screen elements have been deployed to reduce solar gain whilst enhancing Atira’s façade. The rooftop terrace comprises plenty of informal seating areas for students to make the most of Brisbane’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Already, it’s proving a popular spot for outdoor study and impromptu catch-ups.


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