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2013 National Architecture Awards: Sustainable

Constance Street Affordable Housing by Cox Rayner Architects Sustainable Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

This housing project, sitting comfortably within an emerging urban and predominantly commercial context, cleverly exploits the organizational move of the full-height, open atrium to drive maximum gain from and for its program.

By separating the two halves of the block, cross-ventilation is enabled; semi-public and in-between spaces are shaded and protected. Straightforward but efficient apartment layouts with simple devices such as screen doors allow natural ventilation and solar protection. An internal community is further promoted by all apartments opening onto the shared atrium, and shared barbecue and laundry areas on each floor. With the inclusion of a vertical garden in the atrium, a site microclimate is created that further supports time spent between lifts and front doors of apartments. Antisocial activity is minor – an important demonstration of what is possible in a public housing development with clever interrogation of the brief and budget by skilful architects.


Cox Rayner Architects
Project Team
Michael Rayner, Tim Morgan, Antony Scott Pegum, Matthew Cavanough, Solomon Romion, Ivan Lisinac, Felicity Yang, Perry Gustafsson, Matthew Alder
Acoustic consultant Heggies Australia
Builder Walton Constructions
Building certifier Philip Chun & Associates
Electrical and mechanical consultant DMA Professional Engineers
Hydraulic consultant Wood & Grieve Engineers
Landscape consultant Urban Space Design
Structural and civil consultant Lambert and Rehbein Brisbane
Town planning Cardno HRP
Site details
Location Brisbane,  Qld,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Multi-residential, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 7 Nov 2013
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2013
Images: Christopher Frederick Jones


Architecture Australia, November 2013

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