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Newport Women's Housing

New benchmark for high quality affordable housing

THE IDEA

Women’s Housing Limited provides safe, affordable, low maintenance housing for at-risk women and children. This development in Melbourne’s inner west reads from the street like a pair of contemporary two-storey townhouses and integrates seamlessly into its surroundings. Internally it provides 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments with abundant home comforts: lovely light, ample space, quality finishes, energy efficiency and superior security.

 “Our most important consideration throughout the design process was carefully integrating this development into its surroundings and giving residents refined contemporary homes with a real sense of sanctuary and permanence.” 

Toby Lachlan, Partner

THE SOLUTION

This development offer a contemporary take on traditional family homes. Careful planning maximises space via a design that incorporates multiple roof forms, central entry and a recessed third level.

Each apartment provides privacy, space and a sense of home. Living spaces are flexible and functional. Terraces create secure, private outdoor space. Timber textured floors, carpeted bedrooms and Ceasarstone benchtops offer affordable luxury. Safety features like secure access and high visibility for passive surveillance are incorporated unobtrusively. The entry lobby, lined with dynamic, coloured panelling, is playful and welcoming.

“Intelligent and well considered design maximised the outcome while providing a fantastic living environment for the people who tenant the building.” 

Karen Janiszewski, Affordable Housing Consultant, Urbanxchange

THE IMPACT

Newport Women’s Housing sets a new standard for high-quality affordable housing in a country grappling with a housing affordability crisis. It seamlessly meets the needs of at-risk women and children but introduces an adaptable model ripe for adaptation by diverse groups and communities.

Through clever spatial design and careful selection of materials, finishes and ESD initiatives this development delivers award-winning contemporary homes that are lovely to inhabit and affordable to build and run. Sustainability features are numerous and include cool coat roof treatment, extensive double glazing, ceiling fans in living areas and bedrooms, gas heating and hot water where possible, minimum 6-star NatHers energy rating, and gardens irrigated using raingardens and rainwater tanks.



ADDRESS

Newport VIC

STATUS

Complete

AWARDS

Affordable Development of the Year - UDIA Victoria Awards for Excellence, 2018

Development of the Year – Social Infrastructure (Shortlisted) - The Urban Developer Awards, 2018