The Department’s Victoria Street development in Bunbury has been recognised in the recent 2014 WA Architecture Awards.
The development, which provides affordable housing for transient people, claimed the Architecture Award in the Residential Architecture – Multiple Residential category. The Department’s police housing project in Roebourne also received a commendation in the same category.
“Located at 25 Victoria Street, the new development replaced the lodging house for homeless men constructed in the 1960s that was known as Yanget House,” said Dave Snook, Senior Program Manager, Land and Housing Construction.
“The project is impressive as it has contributed significantly to the urban development and regeneration of the Bunbury CBD since its completion about one year ago.
“What was once a dilapidated hostel has been replaced with a four storey mixed-use development that maximises the site it is on.”
The development includes commercial and retail tenancies and provides medium-density affordable housing for men and women in need and at risk of homelessness.
Mr Snook said the Department worked with architect Gresley Abas to come up with a development that would successfully 'activate' Victoria Street.
"This objective led to the inclusion of a ground floor retail tenancy and two-storey commercial tenancies above overlooking the street,” he said.
“The 37-room hostel is located at the rear of the site where its mostly long term tenants can enjoy acoustic and visual privacy from the street.
“The rooms are spread over three floors, and have been configured into accommodation ‘pods’, each with its own communal lounge room, balcony space and shared kitchen.
“These numerous, smaller shared spaces with views and access to northern aspect, promote socialisation and the use of outdoor spaces, and provide residents with a great quality of life.”
In judging the development, the judges noted that “the project stands as an example of how Government housing can successfully respond to community requirements. Residents and management alike benefit from the care and thought evident in the architecture.”
The development was completed at a cost of $9 million, and the Department has transferred it to Access Housing Australia Limited to manage as part of its commitment to build the capacity of community housing organisations.
More information on the winners of the 2014 WA Architecture Awards can be found in the winners catalogue