Arkhefield’s commended entry “Retrofix” from the Density and Diversity Done Well Design Competition was selected by OQGA and the Department of Housing and Public Works to be developed as a demonstration project. Arkhefield have adapted the original concept to suit a corner site in Holland Park to deliver twelve one bed apartments, accessed off a central landscaped walkway. These homes are designed with accessibility in mind, with all ground level apartments achieving platinum and gold level livable housing standards. The master plan considers future expansion to an adjoining block owned by the DHPW, building-in future flexibility and resilience, in response to changing social and economic needs. This project is “shovel ready” with the tender process now underway.
The Goodna Social Housing project seeks to provide residents with a level of amenity and livability not often associated with social housing projects. Individual entry courtyards and generous balconies encourage natural ventilation and provide access to sunlight and natural breezes, with the ability for the residents to control their desired level of privacy. Screened secure entry courtyards provide resident storage, a clear entry threshold to each unit and opportunity for cross ventilation from the front door of the units through to generous balconies. All units feature generous, north-east oriented, open plan living spaces - these are contiguous with private outdoor spaces which overlook an existing stand of established eucalyptus trees.