SUBURBAN DREAMING

The ‘Great Australian Dream’ of owning one’s own house on a private block of land is now closely tied with the Australian national identity. Along with a love of wide open spaces, there is a desire for privacy, security and independence - this conservative mindset sits at odds with the notion that the Australian lifestyle is open, friendly and uninhibited.

These three housing types are based on a set of strategic design elements including a shared linear services core, a configurable ground-level plan, and a terraced landscape that seamlessly links upper and lower-level outdoor spaces.

This project aims to offer an alternative to the typical outer-suburban housing development: one which promotes and supports sustainable communities in outer-suburban growth areas. By shifting perceived and accepted notions of community and personal autonomy in outer-suburbia, it explores the potential for a new kind of public/private residential interface.