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FREESPACE

Type: Multi-Residential, Urban Strategy
Location: Suburban Melbourne
Client: OVGA, DELWP (Future Homes Competition: Winner)
Status: Ongoing Implementation


The expectation of home and land ownership has long been embedded in the Australian psyche. However an affordability crisis has led many Melburnians to re-consider the type of home they can afford – often having to choose between high density living or a house on the city’s periphery.

The Future Homes competition selected exemplary designs exploring new models of small multi-residential infill developments that are well-suited to established suburbs and can be readily adapted to fit a wide variety dual-block sites across Victoria.

FREESPACE attempts to provide a wider diversity of households with the equivalent advantages of the single-family home, ensuring a sense of privacy, generosity of space, ability to individualise and a strong sensory connection with the outdoors.

This translates to organisational principles that maximise private living amenity – in spite of increased density, ensuring that every dwelling is provided with:

  1. Extra volume in the form of double height space – generous beyond current market expectations
  2. Direct access from every living space to 25 m2 of usable private outdoor space (4.5m min dimension) – facilitating the expansion and contraction of space that occurs through the seasons
  3. Dual aspect for outlook and air
  4. Communal space centered around daily rituals – supporting neighbourly interactions to build over time

Competition Stage 2 collaborators:
Openwork, Landscape
Finding Infinity, Sustainability
WoodSolutions & XLAM, Engineered Timber
Choirender, Visualisation