SA Affordable Housing January - February 2019 // Issue: 74 - Page 24

PROJECT Homely, intimate and private apartments for Tuks students Apartments on William, first conceived way back in 2013 with Caliber Properties and its partners, is a sure hit considering student accommodation is like hen’s teeth. By Warren Robertson | Images by Caliber Properties The design is modern and stylish with a focus on the needs of the students. P laced on four stands directly opposite the University of Pretoria and next door to a proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) station, Apartments on William are located on the south-eastern corner of Lynnwood Road and William Street in central Pretoria. The William was conceived to be ‘a modern and structurally sound building that comprise the maximum number of practical but affordable student apartments as well as certain related common facilities’. It was an important part of the brief that the architect design the apartments based on ‘unique and intuitive design concepts and principles’. The design was principally for affordable student accommodation and had to consider the limitations and rights of the future student tenants, with the intention to provide maximum privacy for each student who has their own detailed, designed fully furnished and functional compact room. Students were also to share bathroom facilities with a maximum of one other student. 22 JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019 In the end the decision was made to create an intimate, homely student living atmosphere by grouping small numbers of students in the various apartments. Common facilities such as a central study hall, various common recreation areas, a kiosk, braai areas on the roof, a common laundry as well as admin offices were added to enhance life for the students at the apartment block. The building comprises of various blocks, varying in height from ground floor plus four storeys to ground floor plus seven storeys. The basement of each building contains parking, storage and common services (electricity, hot water heat pumps). The ground floor is where tenants find the two pedestrian entrances as well as the main vehicle entrance, the kiosk, the admin offices, part of the common study hall, parking bays and outdoor living areas. The rest of the common study hall extends onto the first floor, which is also partially made up of accommodation units. The rest of the building comprises accommodation. Some of higher blocks have concrete roofs which include outdoor living areas, braais as well as a drying yard for