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2012 National Architecture Awards: Sustainable

Heller Street Park and Residences by Six Degrees Architects Sustainable Architecture: National Award Australian Institute of Architects

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Heller Street Park and Residences introduces a new typology for medium-density housing that sets a precedent for the future application of disused infill sites within inner suburban landscapes.

The site has been divided into a ratio of one-third residential and two-thirds community parkland, a strategy that has minimized the removal of contaminated soil. The excavation works were folded into a mounded slope, carving out a protected community park and ensuring that the problems of the site were not simply transferred to another location.

Rainwater collection from the ten townhouses is used to supply irrigation to the park, providing yet another reminder of the importance of private residential interventions that support the local community.

The timber-clad townhouses nestled into the rolling landscape adhere to sustainable building principles, including passive heating and cooling, the provision for cross ventilation, deep window reveals, solar panels, ventilation through the hallway skylight “chimney,” and timber cladding, which was sourced locally from the Melbourne docks. The true success of this project is the provision of public green space in a dense urban environment. The development promotes the use of communal gardens as opposed to private backyard space. In turn, ten townhouses and the local residential community of Brunswick celebrate in sharing a space that gives back to all.

Read a review of Heller Street Park and Residences from Architecture Australia.


Six Degrees Architects
Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
James Legge, Jos Tan, Michael Frazzetto, Robyn Ho
Auditor URS
Builder McCorkell Construction
Building surveyor PLP Building Surveyors & Consultants
ESD Third Skin Sustainability
Landscape Simon Taylor Landart
Remediation consultant Environmental and Earth Sciences
Services P. J. Tibballs and Associates
Structural design Design Project Group
Town planning Hansen and Associates
Site details
Location Heller Street,  Brunswick,  Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Number of stories 3
Site type Suburban
Category Residential buildings
Type Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Client Heller Street Group Pty Ltd and City of Moreland



Published online: 2 Nov 2012
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2012
Images: Patrick Rodriguez


Architecture Australia, November 2012

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