These student residences are quite a departure from former styles of university housing. These residences at the University of Canberra are on the ACT Heritage Register and the Australian Institute of Architects (ACT) Register of Significant 20th Century Architecture.
How to get there?
From the former Naval Transmitting Station, continue south on Baldwin Drive. Turn right onto Ginninderra Drive. Take the second lights left into Aikman Drive. Park in the Lake Ginninderra College/ Arscott House parking area. Cross over at the pedestrian crossing following the path into the University of Canberra. The site is shortly on your right.
From the Visitors Centre turn right at the next lights continuing onto Macarthur Avenue which becomes Belconnen Way. After 5 km turn right into Eastern Valley Way then second lights right into Aikman Drive.
Why is this interesting?
The Student Residences Group 2, colloquially known as the Egg Cartons, is on the Register of Significant 20th Century Architecture for the ACT. Deserving heritage protection, it was also entered the ACT Heritage Register in 2008.
The distribution of units in the student residences and their stepping down the site to make the most of private northern views demonstrated a high degree of creative achievement by the architect, John Andrews AO. The grouping of bedrooms around small communal facilities was innovative and reflected a desire by students not to live in the more traditional block type residential colleges.