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Architecture: Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment

March 27, 2011

HBO + EMTB’s residential project in Sydney’s inner west incorporates sustainable design into a social housing project.

This new residential project in Sydney’s inner west has set a new standard for public housing developments in Australia, demonstrating that highly sustainable public housing outcomes are both realistic and achievable in terms of function, project demographics and housing affordability.

The project comprises 24 one-bedroom units, 58 two-bedroom units, and 6 three-bedroom units, increasing the capacity of the existing housing by more than double. The project features passive solar design attributes, with all units having north or east facing living areas and natural cross ventilation. Solar design features include photovoltaic cells for solar hot water and the on-site production of electricity.

Basement car parking was not necessary for this project, as there is plenty of street parking available together with several public transport connections.

Space allocated for a community garden and an informal play area will be developed once residents have moved in. This will be wheelchair accessible and and will be used by tenants to grow their own vegetables.

Designed for Housing NSW, the Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment is the first social housing project in Australia to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Multi-Unit Residential Pilot tool.

*Team* Project Director: Gustavo Thiermann; Planning: Graeme Allen; Design Phase: Igor Molitor, Tristan Davison; Documentation Phase: Anders Idestrom, Chris Abrahams, Nigel Justins; Construction Phase: Michelle Harris, Anders Idestrom

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