Architecture Australia, May 2018

Architecture Australia, May 2018

Architecture Australia

Housing Diversity: Emerging directions in Australian housing


Architecture Australia May/June 2018.
Archive | Cameron Bruhn | 4 May 2018

AA May/June 2018 preview

Emerging directions in Australian housing: An introduction to the May/June 2018 issue of Architecture Australia.


Render of Baugruppen at WGV, Perth, designed by Spaceagency Architects. A “live project,” it will allow the design and construction of apartments to be initiated by buyers – a participatory process that is unprecedented in the Australian marketplace.
Discussion | Shane Murray | 14 Feb 2020

Housing Diversity: Opportunities for Transformation

To address contemporary housing challenges, architects will need to take n an “all-of-system” approach to the delivery of the built environment. Shane Murray examines national progress in housing diversity.

Kraftwerk 2 (2011), designed by Adrian Streich Architekten AG, was developed by the Kraftwerk1 collective – one of the youngest housing cooperatives in Zurich.
Discussion | Tarsha Finney | 12 Sep 2018

Housing cooperatives: Domesticity’s challenge, a call to arms

Reflecting on her encounter with Kraftwerk 2 in Zurich and the people who live there, Tarsha Finney considers the ownership and governance model of the cooperative – the entrenched domestic norms that it challenges and its capacity to facilitate care and connection beyond the single family unit.

The one-hundred-square-metre house is designed to accommodate various configurations, including a small family, an intergenerational household and an Airbnb host and guest.
Discussion | Jacqui Alexander | 5 Sep 2018

Disruptive domesticity: Housing futures and the sharing economy

Jacqui Alexander’s speculative design research project investigates the large-scale effects of Airbnb on housing and, with a vacant site in Melbourne’s western suburbs as a test case, experiments with a new domestic prototype to support home-sharing in the broadest sense.


Estia House by Candalepas Associates.
Discussion | Alysia Bennett | 2 Oct 2018

Housing Diversity: Adapting 1.0 Infrastructure for 3.0 Lives

With the onset of new technology, expanded living arrangements, procurement models and financial structure, Alysia Bennett assesses the options for citizens living 3.0 lifestyles in cities designed for a 1.0 world.

A new focus on the preparation, presentation and consumption of food in Australian culture can be read in tandem with the resurgence of the butler’s pantry in residential design. At Hogg and Lamb’s B&B Residence (2017) in Brisbane, the kitchen and its ancillary spaces are celebrated with a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
Discussion | Louise Johnson | 4 Sep 2018

The shrinking dream: Household diversity and changing house designs

Louise Johnson takes a look inside the Australian home and examines the changing character of the suburban idyll that maintains a hold on our national psyche, as the composition of its domestic spaces continues to evolve in response to the rising density of our major cities and growing ethnic and cultural diversity.

Initially a collaborative endeavour between The Age newspaper and the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects, the Small Homes Service sought to make well-designed modern homes accessible to a broader public.
Discussion | Rory Hyde | 19 Jun 2018

What Would Boyd Do? A Small Homes Service for Today

Robin Boyd’s resolve to do “better with less” still remains as relevant today. Rory Hyde evaluates the RVIA Small Homes Service’s legacy and its potential application to today’s increasingly diffused cities.

Speculative street view of Established Manors in Canterbury, Sydney. Each existing house is split down its central hallway to create an additional dwelling. In lieu of an ensuite pod and garage between the existing houses, an entrance and kitchen trigger the new dwelling.
Discussion | Damian Madigan | 17 Jul 2018

Reshaping the suburbs: Designing for the ‘missing middle’

Damian Madigan presents his winning entry in the NSW government’s Missing Middle Design Competition, which posits an alternative model for density.

Apartments under construction.
Discussion | Jasmine Palmer | 13 Jun 2018

Speculative Housing and the Individual: Diversifying the Australian Dream

Jasmine Palmer considers alternative models for design, funding and ownership, and explores the architectural profession’s great capacity to provide housing diversity for the benefit of residents.

Render of Baugruppen at WGV, Perth. A “live project,” it will allow the design and construction of apartments to be initiated by buyers – a participatory process that is unprecedented in the Australian marketplace.
Discussion | Jennie Officer | 19 Jun 2018

Australia’s First Baugruppe

Geoffrey London speaks to Jennie Officer about Baugruppen at WGV, discussing the potential of the Baugruppen process to adapt to the Australian context.

The project aims to foster meaningful connections between its residents by providing diverse common spaces, including bars, kitchens, lounges and laundries.
Discussion | Adam Haddow | 4 Sep 2018

Cohousing: Driving housing innovation by changing the way we live

A shared desire to live more communally could encourage greater housing diversity, according to Adam Haddow. Here, he looks to student housing, “build-to-rent” models, and the new WeLive project in the USA for cues on how to conjure an alternative, more versatile Australian housing market.


The recently completed development comprises seven one- and two-bedroom townhouses, set on formerly surplus council land alongside the Upfield Bike Path.
Projects | Nicole Kalms | 17 Jul 2018

Social architecture: Coburg Townhouses

Schored Projects’s Coburg Townhouses, a community housing development in Melbourne’s north designed for women in need, reminds us of the capacity for social architecture to make change.

The architecture of Estia House makes no suggestion that its residents should be housed differently – it is a space for them to live beyond their disabilities, where good domestic design elements are deployed.
Projects | Casey Bryant | 20 Jul 2018

Taking care: Estia House

A permanent residence for ten adults with disabilities, this group home in Sydney by Candalepas Associates demonstrates how a building designed specifically for group housing balances independence and care.

Cowper Street Housing by Andrew Burns Architecture.
Projects | Lee Hillam | 29 Jun 2018

Cowper Street Housing

Appearing as an object in the landscape and giving generously to its inner-Sydney context, Cowper Street Housing by Andrew Burns Architecture reasserts the well-loved terrace as a relevant and useful housing type.

In contrast to its planned estate context, Tropology for DHA conjures a bird in flight thanks to its rolling roofline of awnings and lean-tos.
Projects | Joshua Morrin | 21 Aug 2018

The Territory lifestyle: Tropology for DHA

Challenging the culture of housing in Darwin with this compact, climatically appropriate duplex for defence personnel, Troppo Architects has designed a spearhead for built advocacy, imbued with local identity.

The composition of stacked volumes protrudes and retracts, articulating a compartmentalized language. The ground floor is predominantly dedicated to commercial use, while the upper levels are residential.
Projects | Sarah Hurst | 4 Jul 2018

Alluring and bold: Mixed Use House

A multi-generational home and commercial tenancy coexist in St Kilda’s Mixed Use House, designed by Matt Gibson Architecture and Design with DDB Design, to explore and rethink traditional family housing typologies.