International Architecture Competition

Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge

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The winners of the Melbourne Affordable Housing Challenge have been selected. This competition, run in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS, tasked participants with tackling Melbourne’s affordable housing crisis, and entries were both varied and inspired. The jury were especially drawn to projects that had minimal requirements in terms of land and materials as well as those that challenged typical housing typographies.

First prize was awarded to Evan Langendorfer from the University of Sydney, Australia, for his Housing De-Railed project. This project envisioned utilizing the air rights over the VicTrack railway system, resulting in a transit-oriented green belt of residential, commercial, and open green space. 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.

Second prize went to Sandra Estrada Rosas and Maria Gabriela Vaca from the Netherlands. Their Bleacher Housing project proposed a prefabricated timber modular system of housing units of various typologies, which amass and link to existing forms of Melbourne’s transit infrastructure.

Third prize winners Tingting Peng and Sijia Liu from the USA suggested 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 in their Highline Topia project.

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1st prize

2nd prize

3rd prize

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