Newport Women’s Housing redefines the mould for affordable housing with the clever and thoughtful design of 20 spacious and modern apartments that are simple, refined and take on the look and feel of a traditional family home, whilst still fitting within the constraints of affordable housing.
Created to house at-risk women and children, the layout and overall design of the development required careful planning to ensure the building fit seamlessly within the existing streetscape, remained inconspicuous and maximised space to fit in as many apartments (and in turn, residents) as possible. This was achieved through a design that allowed for a recessed third level, different roof forms and a centralised entry so that the building appears to be two large two-storey townhomes from street view.
Through the careful selection of affordable materials and finishes, costs were lowered not only during the development process but in ongoing costs for tenants and Women’s Housing Limited. ESD initiatives to reduce costs included, a cool coat roof treatment, ceiling fans within living and bedroom areas, gas appliances for heating and hot water where possible, minimum 6-star NatHers energy rating and the use of raingardens and rainwater tanks for garden irrigation and water re-use.