Apt Student HousingWembley, London

Shortlisted - Best Design for Four Storeys or More - Housebuilder Awards 2013
No of units
660 bed student accommodation
PRP Studio
London Surrey


  • Architecture
  • Interiors
  • Apt Student Housing, Wembley, is a 660-bed, high-quality student accommodation block, with an adjoining hotel and retail/car parking space for 228 cars.There are also five three-bedroom duplexes for social rent.The landscaped central courtyard is three floors above street level and provides a focus for the surrounding six levels of student accommodation.

    Clear, translucent and coloured glass neatly conceals three levels of car parking. And internal lighting colour and texture creates a dynamic facade that changes throughout the day.

  • The brief required an ergonomically efficient internal plan to provide 660 new bedrooms within a relatively small floor plan footprint. Bespoke furniture and bathroom pods allowed self-contained studios of 19m² and clusters of 5-6 bedrooms of 12m² each including en-suite. Four distinct colour themes identified and differentiated the four separate accommodation entrances from the courtyard and their circulation cores, providing not only a fun and vibrant interior, but also a clear and intuitive way-finding visual language.