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Winners announced: NSW’s Missing Middle design competition

The NSW Minster for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts has announced the winners of a national ideas competition to design medium-density housing.

The competition received 111 entries across three categories, most from registered, graduate and student architects and some building designers.

The competition followed the release of the draft Medium Density Design Guide, which sets out standards for a range of medium-density housing types including terrace houses, townhouses, dual occupancies, semidetached dwellings and manor homes. A purpose of the competition was to “see the draft policy in action, test it and get feedback,” said NSW government architect and jury chair of the competition Peter Poulet.

Dual occupancy winner: Youssofzay and Hart Architects.

Dual occupancy winner: Youssofzay and Hart Architects.

Image: Courtesy NSW Department of Planning and Environment

The winner of the dual occupancy category was Youssofzay and Hart Architects. “This proposal shows an approach to housing supply that works with the single home owner, allowing them to develop extra housing on their own block,” said the jury. “The existing house stays as it is while the new contemporary home is sleeved beside it. Three generations can occupy the block together, providing support through the varied life stages.”

Manor houses winner: Madigan Architecture / University of South Australia.

Manor houses winner: Madigan Architecture / University of South Australia.

Image: Courtesy NSW Department of Planning and Environment

In the manor houses category Madigan Architecture / University of South Australia was chosen as the winner for its ” innovative, practical and ethical idea to make clever additions and alterations to two existing houses that make four houses from two,” the jury commented. “The arrangement and variety of housing types within four houses allows for flexible intergenerational living.”

Terraces winner: Platform Architects.

Terraces winner: Platform Architects.

Image: Courtesy NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Platform Architects won the terraces category with a proposal that “balances private, shared and public zones through the development and creates comfortable and generous dwellings that are applicable to a variety of sites.”

The designs from the competition will be used to inform the final Medium Density Design Guide and “make well-designed, low-rise medium-density homes a reality through Sydney’s middle-ring suburbs and beyond,” said Poulet.
“They will bring innovation through the arrangement of landscape, open space and off-street parking, adding to the existing structures and the ability to age in a familiar place, to name a few.”

NSW Minister for Planning and Housing said, “The innovative designs submitted were so impressive that we will explore building demonstration homes based on these designs.”

Winners of each category were awarded $10,000 each and runners-up received $5,000.

The jury also included architects Rachel Neeson (Neeson Murcutt Architects), Timothy Hill (Partners Hill), Jan McCredie (city architect, Liverpool City Council) and Les Dickson (independent building designer).

The full list of winners, runners-up and commendations below:

Dual occupancy

Winner: Youssofzay & Hart Architects

Runner up: Trias Studio

Commendation: Eeles Trelease Architects

Manor houses

Winner: Madigan Architecture / University of South Australia

Runner up: Kieran Ward, graduate architect

Commendation: Henry Foley and Isobel Lord


Winner: Platform Architects

Runner up: Olivia van Dijk Architecture

Commendation: PHplus Architects

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