Public Housing – Perth

Is there a way to provide flexibility of housing, not only in choice of type but an ability to change types over time with demand?

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Community housing, single level apartments and two storey apartments.

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Community housing grouped in clusters of seven rooms sharing a small kitchen and indoor / outdoor living space and combined with private housing.

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The building is conceived as a series of ‘stacked sites’ for occupation. The ‘stacked sites’ concept provides the flexibility to adapt / relocate/ renovate / refit / or remove different housing types on a site-by-site basis.

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A rigid framework of minimised circulation and differentiated ‘allotments’ that emulate the structure of a street.

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Bathrooms are located at the facade to facilitate natural ventilation and provide varied ways of screening the room from the outside. Glass-roofed showers cantilever beyond the building.

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PROJECT: Public Mansions
PROGRAM: Public / Private Housing – Design Competition.
LOCATION: Perth, WA
YEAR: 2005
PEOPLE: Adam Russell
DATA: 46 community housing units, 4 public rowhouses [2 bed], 10 public apartments [2 bed], Total housing: 60, Housing: 2236 sqm, Commercial / Retail: 345 sqm, Youth Centre: 277 sqm, FSR: 1.94:1, Beds: 74, Accessible beds: 15, Parking: 22.
JOB NUMBER: 0510