Victorian Government announces $500k apartment design competition

Feb 19, 2020
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Architects and building designers will have the chance to design the future look of Melbourne’s apartments in the $500,000 state government-funded Future Homes competition.

Registration of interests are now open online, with stage one of the competition opening on 12 March 2020.

The competition is only open to practicing architects or building designers registered in Victoria or anyone who partners with the same.

The brief is to design “world-leading, liveable and sustainable homes” that will inform potential planning reforms as Melbourne’s population grows from 4.5 million to a projected 9 million by 2056.

The projects should demonstrate how “great design can improve the quality of new homes and successfully integrate with existing neighbourhoods”.

A jury of seven industry professionals, including Victorian Government Architect Jill Garner, will be looking for designs that are liveable, cost effective, “buildable” and replicable across suburban Melbourne.

They must also “look after the amenity of the street and surrounding residents”, be family friendly, sustainable, safe and adaptable, and be responsive to the needs of industry and consumers.

When entries open in March, only registered participants will receive the competition brief and requirements. Registrations of interest will remain open until 10 April and the competition will run for 6 weeks, closing at the end of April.

The jury will then select up to eight finalists, who will compete in a second stage to refine their proposals.

Winners will be awarded a share of $500,000 and will have the opportunity to work at a fee for service with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect to inform potential planning reforms.

There will also be a separate student competition held in semester 2 of the academic year, which aims to “harness the skills and experience of up and coming leaders in design and architecture”.

For more information about the project and to register your interest, visit the Future Homes website.

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect recently discussed Melbourne’s future housing problems at MPavilion. Director of URO Publications, an independent Australian publisher of books on architecture and design, Andrew Mackenzie led a range of experts from urban design, economic, academic and government perspectives as they explored the future challenges across these areas.

A similar talk will be held tomorrow 20 February 2020 from 6.15pm. RACV and experts from the worlds of architecture, infrastructure and planning will come together for a panel discussion about the environmental, economic and social impacts of Melbourne’s liveability in the coming decades.

Lead image courtesy OVGA

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