Housing Windsor Competition
Department of Human Services
2 Raleigh Street, Windsor
completed 2001 Project
The Winsdsor Housing project was a submission for a Public Housing Competition. The site is in Windsor in Melbourne’s inner south.
Concerns focused, firstly, on establishing a high standard of living and sense of place. Secondly on sustainable, passive design.
This scheme made litereal reference to the plan of a typical workers cottage in the immediate area. The plan was stacked and adapted to suit it’s new context.
We defined efficiency in a number of ways. By stacking units, sharing floors and walls, there is an efficiency in construction, materials and energy concumption. With that in mind, the scheme broached the stigma of slab block public housing. The type was addressed through formal concerns, clear provision of amenity and creating a sense of place. The ha ha wall, was used as a mechanism for concealing visual bulk, only revealing a low rise block from the Raleigh street frontage.
Every unit was to receive passively controlled direct northern light as a right.
The excavated volume was reused to create a public park.