The proposed Living Campus buildings, located in the Remarkables Park development in Queenstown, are a set of three 7 storey residential apartment buildings. Intended to address the chronic shortage of accommodation, the buildings feature 270 apartments targeted at the younger generation of working professionals in Queenstown. Each building has a footprint of 54m x 18m, with a combined floor area of 16000 m2, and a total development budget of approximately $60m.
The buildings are designed using structural timber framing walls and timber-concrete composite flooring units, designed to be prefabricated as flat-pack frames. This is a push towards achieving a more modular type of construction to reduce construction cost and material wastage.
While modular construction is on the rise worldwide, a major challenge is how to design a modular structure in regions of high seismicity. The Living Campus buildings are designed as wall buildings, using a low damage system called PRESSS to provide lateral strength, hysteretic damping, and re-centering capabilities. This system is well suited to prefabrication and also enables us to significantly reduce the quantity of reinforcing used in the walls, providing an innovative and economic structural system to the project.