In the last fifteen years, the average newly built Australian house has grown by over twenty-seven square metres (or 10 percent) to 243.6 square metres in mid 2011. However, the actual household size has decreased (from 2.7 to 2.6 people), which implies we need even more houses as people choose to live alone.
With this growth, Australians continue to demand new detached housing, naturally, at the periphery of most state and territory capitals.
Published online: 2 Jan 2012
Words: Amelia Borg
Images: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009, 2011) James (2009)
Architecture Australia, January 2012