International Architecture Competition

Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

Affordable Housing Series #10

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

Official Partners

Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

The Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge is part of Bee Breeders’ Affordable Housing competition series. Run in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS, this competition tasked participants with submitting innovative design proposals for mitigating Melbourne’s affordable housing crisis.

This design series poses that there is no one solution to making housing affordable. Today, a host of new ideas and platforms are enabling people to own or purchase homes. These creative methods include community co-living facilities, 3D-printed homes, stackable modular homes, new forms of transit-oriented development, and more.

There were no specific design or site requirements for this competition. Proposals were requested to be flexible, enabling accommodations for a variety of inhabitant types: single professionals, couples, families, or group living. The brief sought out designs for a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing, which could be carried out within Greater Melbourne to increase its housing stock.

The jury favoured designs that were minimal in their use of land and materials and those that challenged standard housing typologies, while at the same being able to offer real solutions to Melbourne’s affordable housing crisis. Experts anticipate that Melbourne will require 1.6 million new homes within the next 35 years to meet the demands of a population of eight million by 2050.

Bee Breeders collaborated with a world-class jury panel of international architects, as well as regional designers, educators, and journalists. The full panel included: Karen Alcock, principal and founder of MAArchitects and current member of the Victorian Design Review Panel of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA); Ben van Berkel, founder and principal of UNStudio; Linda Cheng, editor of Melbourne-based ArchitectureAU.com; Winy Maas, co-founding partner and principal architect of MVRDV; Alan Pert, director of the Melbourne School of Design; and Tristan Wong, director at SJB Architecture – Melbourne.

Selected winning designs will be featured in the ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ next issue of its publication series What is Affordable Housing? Bee Breeders and its jury panel thank all individuals and teams that submitted proposals.

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Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

Affordable Housing Series #10
1ST PRIZE WINNER+
ARCHHIVE BOOKS Student Award

Project Name

Housing De-Railed

University

University of sydney

Country

Australia

Project authors

Evan Langendorfer
Buildner's university rankings
+172 POINTS

jury commentary

Housing De-Railed is a development suggestion for utilizing the air rights over the VicTrack railway system (VicTrack owns Victoria's transport land, assets and infrastructure). The result is a well-conceived and articulate solution for a transit-oriented green belt, comprising a layer of commercial and office space beneath a swath of open green space onto which residential programs are organized. The jury praised the submission as a “flexible and layered solution for railway corridors, made possible by creating 'new land',” and commended it for recognizing that “over-track developments could offer an enormous boost to the city centre.” The scheme puts affordable housing in the heart of the city and the proposed prefabricated module structural system, which allows owners to adapt and change over time, has the potential to create vibrant neighbourhoods. The jury suggests that the project has missed some architectural opportunities to break from a dominating organizational module, which could be studied should this project be further developed.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Bleacher Housing

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Sandra Maria Estrada Rosas
Maria Gabriela Vaca Sanchez

jury commentary

Bleacher Housing proposes a prefabricated timber modular system of housing units of various typologies, which amass and link to existing forms of Melbourne’s transit infrastructure. The modules are stacked and organized in a stepped pattern so that numerous rooftop terrace gardens and green roof conditions have the potential to be realized. Of the submission, the jury writes, - “The project is beautifully imagined and presented. This proposal is both innovative and strikingly conceived of. However, its complex construction is possibly at odds with the requirement for 'affordability'.” It commends this submission for demonstrating an interesting approach to land - use, as well as structure, its bold and imaginative use of existing infrastructure, and its strong urban and architectural gesture, all of which lend to producing an interesting new urban typology. The jury recommends that further scale studies be done to assist in finding a more refined massing in relationship to the site.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

HIGHLINE TOPIA

Country

United States

Project authors

Tingting Peng
Sijia Liu

jury commentary

Highline Topia suggests a solution for topping Melbourne’s tram tracks with a new form of housing infrastructure, focusing on a linear site alongside the Yarra River in the city centre as a case study. The jury cites the project as an innovative response, which has the capacity to be imagined in some locations within Melbourne, yet suggests that its vision perhaps outweighs its practicality and feasibility. The jury writes, - “This proposal really encourages 'thinking outside the box' and consideration of those parts of land (or air rights) that could be better utilised.” The images and sections clearly and succinctly describe a scheme that breaks away from the typical fixed-unit typology. The jury further commented that the “suggested materialization is fitting for the small scale. Furthermore, the public rooftop amenity is evidence that even ‘affordable’ new developments could positively impact neighbourhoods.“

BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

Neighbourhood Characters

Country

Australia

Project authors

Matthieu
 Bégoghina

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Incremental Infill

University

University of melbourne

Country

Australia

Project authors

Alex Stein
Buildner's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Project Name

SUPERBLOCK! A framework for future family fun

Company

United make

Country

Australia

Project authors

Mond Qu
Sonny Do
Yeqian Shi

Project Name

UP-Yard: Lifting communities towards sustainable living

Country

Australia

Project authors

Tarek Abou Dib

Project Name

SynergyHome

Country

Malaysia

Project authors

Lap Zhen Wong
Erik Ung Hieng Yek

Project Name

THE STACK

Country

Australia

Project authors

Yuxin Jiang
Yong Kiat Tan
Shengran Zheng

Project Name

Homes amongst a gum tree

Company

Ola studio

Country

Australia

Project authors

Manos Mavridis
Luc Harel
Phil Snowdon

Shortlisted projects

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Italy

amirmohammad adami dehkordi
ali shakibaei
erfan shakibaei
sara soltanzadeh

Australia

The University of Melbourne

Buildner's university rankings
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enquan tang

Australia

Hook consulting

ieuan hook
paul ventrice

Australia

The University of Melbourne

Buildner's university rankings
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alex stein

Brazil

daniella leal

Australia

Ola studio

manos mavridis
luc harel
phil snowdon

Australia

Llds

david leggett

United States

kritanai pisutigomol
jingfei huang

Australia

The University of Melbourne

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
xiao ye

Indonesia

University of Indonesia

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
diandra fairuza
khairunnisya nuralya
muhammad farhan

China

Hefei University of Technology

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
yuhan gu

United States

The University of Texas at Arlington, UT Arlington, UTA

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
lazaro ontiveros

United States

The University of Texas at Arlington, UT Arlington, UTA

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
james apple

Australia

United make

mond qu
sonny do
yeqian shi

United States

The University of Texas at Arlington, UT Arlington, UTA

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
dora figueroa

United States

The University of Texas at Arlington, UT Arlington, UTA

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
conner payne

Australia

matthieu
 bégoghina

Australia

audrey leonore lopez
elliot dunton
bob mcdougall
thom mclaughlin

United States

jeffrey silberstein

Australia

the mingle cooperative

Australia

tarek abou dib

United States

The University of Texas at Arlington, UT Arlington, UTA

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
virginia benke

Australia

gian franco valverde espinoza
bhuvnesh mundhra

Australia

toby mcelwaine
jarrod malbon
dominic tanaka van de ven

Australia

yuxin jiang
yong kiat tan
shengran zheng

Colombia

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
frank bonilla muhry

Australia

The silver arc

alexander rouditser
luisa calle
tien chuan tiu
huei loo

China

Shanghai Institute of Visual Art

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
yuxin zhan

Australia

tony duong
daniel zou
jean-marc tang

Netherlands

sandra maria estrada rosas
maria gabriela vaca sanchez

United States

tingting peng
sijia liu

Australia

nathan costall

United States

SAIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
cheok chun (chuck) chong

Malaysia

lap zhen wong
erik ung hieng yek

Italy

emilio franco
vincenzo izzo

Australia

marian lee

United States

Rice University

Buildner's university rankings
+22 POINTS
jianing cui
wanting zhou

Australia

University of Sydney

Buildner's university rankings
+172 POINTS
evan langendorfer

Canada

qian (jenny) yang
xinyu (maggie) cheng
mankit (michael) tam

Singapore

felice chap
yun chou han
 

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