L5 / 358 Lonsdale Street
Wurundjeri Country
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Future Homes Demonstration Project

Type: Multi-Residential, Public Housing
Location: Braybrook,Wurundjeri Country
Client: Homes Victoria
Stakeholders: OVGA, DELWP
Status: Design, Post-Planning

The Future Homes Demonstration Project, the first approved adaptation of Future Homes initiative, is a reworking of Lian's Future Homes template for a site in Braybrook owned by the Victorian Government and being delivered by Homes Victoria.

The project offers a different model of public housing in Melbourne: offering 12 dwellings over three storeys, a mix of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units as well two specialist disability units, within an established residential context of ‘GRZ’ zoning. The dwellings are positioned to maximise northern solar access to living and private open space, with all dwellings provided dual aspect to increase natural light and ventilation. Communal space is afforded as incidental moments along the journey to the front door – in gardens and on balconies with shared outlook.

High benchmarks of sustainability are further met through simple formal massing, maximising of deep soil planting, timber construction and integration of best practice service engineering such as shared rooftop solar and heat pump.

Collaborators: Kerstin Thompson Architects (technical advisor)
Landscape: Openwork