Affordable Home Competition

An architectural design ideas competition aimed at lifting the bar for sustainable, cost effective housing designs for the expanding suburbs of Melbourne. Based on the brief for a typical mass produced home the objective was to review construction and planning conventions within the confines of very strict cost and environmental impact constraints. In this design the house faces the northern boundary rather than the street to optimise solar gain and uses modular precast concrete sandwich panel construction of low embodied energy. From an aesthetic viewpoint I felt it was important not to create yet another architect’s experiment that would look odd in a typical street. Rather I sought to accept the typical bungalow model and allow the residents to relish the comfort and economies they would enjoy from this design without raising eyebrows from the neighbours.