Gray Puksand, in partnership with Lendlease, CIT, The Foyer Foundation, and Major Projects Canberra, has designed the Woden Youth Foyer, as an integral component of the new Canberra Institute of Technology development in Woden Town Centre.

This pioneering initiative for the ACT seeks to establish the Foyer as a transitional sanctuary for students navigating crucial developmental years without family support, striving to dismantle barriers hindering access to equitable educational opportunities.

The first of its kind in the ACT, the Foyer is designed to support students aged 16 -24 years who are committed to education but face the risk of homelessness. The goal of the Foyer is to increase the number of young people successfully completing educational qualifications and entering productive employment, empowering at risk youth to reach their full potential as young adults.

The architecture is dynamic, artfully responding to precinct views and fostering connections to the local community. The development comprises twenty independent living settings, across three floors, including parent and accessible units. Communal living spaces extend to shared outdoor gardens, with residential units enjoying private terraces, each external spaces seamlessly integrating with the broader Precinct, offering a serene retreat for students.

Respectfully distinguished as its own entity, the texture and play on shadow of the brick facades compliment the overarching precinct design ethos, while embodying a human scale akin to a private residence, in harmonious contrast to the civic surrounding.

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