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The Nicholson / DesignInc

  • Architects: DesignInc
  • Location: Coburg, Victoria, Australia
  • Design Team: Glen Versteegen (Project Architect), Jacqui Williams, Alex Owen, Bryan Dinh, Dale Hewlett, Daniel Moore, Felis Sarcepuedes, Goh Siong, Gwyneth Choi, John Lui, Josko Mariani, Kazuo Ikeda, Lincoln Nielsen, Mona Ho, Melissa Abela, Natalie Yong, Sengly Chau, Tony Pereira, Tristan Wong
  • Project Director: Stephen Webb
  • Design Leader: Rudy Darmawan
  • Project Architects: Cameron Smith, Heidi Lee, Philip Weatherlake
  • Senior Technicians: Emer Denneny, Kylee Ashdown
  • Senior Interior Designer / Design Associate: Aldona Pajdac
  • Interior Designer: Afrodite Moulatsiotis
  • 3 D Visualiser: Daragh Doyle
  • Associate : David Cox
  • Senior Graphic Designer: Travers Cunnington
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Tony Miller, Dianna Snape

© Dianna Snape © Dianna Snape © Tony Miller © Tony Miller

  • Consultant Team: Hickory / Unitise Building (Builder), Robert Bird Group (pre-novation Irwin Consult) (Structural Engineering), NJM Design Pty Ltd (pre-novation WSP) (Services Engineering), AECOM (Landscape Architecture), Coffey (pre-novation GHD) (Project Manager), Sustainable Development Consultants Pty Ltd (ESD Consultant), WT Partnership (pre-novation Davis Langdon) (Quantity Surveyor), Davis Langdon (Building Surveyor), MGAC (Access Consultant)
  • Area: 5,400 sqm (site), 1,900 sqm (commercial & retail), 10,821 sqm (residential)
  • Constructions Value: $80M
© Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

The architectural design for this Places Victoria (formerly VicUrban) initiated affordable housing project combines a direct response to the urban context with an imperative to create a better quality affordable housing development. Stepped forms and fine grain articulation transitions medium density housing into a semi–suburban streetscape. 199 fully modular apartment units are stacked and articulated around a shared common green.

© Tony Miller
© Tony Miller

This ground breaking mixed–tenure housing model includes 110 privately owned units along side 89 social housing and affordable rental units.

© Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

The project aims to provide a bookend to the existing Urban Village and creates built forms that relate to the scale of the adjoining neighbourhood; signifying the transition from suburban housing to retail and commercial activity. The offset building height promotes access to light and views, and opportunity for greenery without extensive ground level site remediation.

© Dianna Snape
© Dianna Snape

Sustainable design solutions have been fully integrated into the building and landscape design. These range from passive design fundamentals such as maximizing winter sun and cross ventilation to greywater reuse and solar hot water panels.

Elevation / © DesignInc
Elevation / © DesignInc
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