Northbourne design competition going gangbusters

johnboy 7 June 2011

northbourne flats

Joy Burch has been thrilled to announce there’s been strong interest in the design competition to remodel the gateway to Canberra along Northbourne Avenue (Here at RiotACT we’ve had to direct keen architects to her office):

Dozens of architecture firms across Australia have expressed interest in redesigning the ACT
Government’s Northbourne Flats as part of a nationwide competition to revamp the precinct and create 700 extra dwellings, ACT Minister for Housing Joy Burch said today.

With a further two weeks to register for the competition, Ms Burch said there had already been 43 enquiries from designers, of which 20 had registered to enter.

“We have had interest from a variety of organisations, from national companies to more boutique operations, all keen to reshape the area into a fitting gateway for the national capital,” Ms Burch said.

“The opportunity to design a new housing complex in the capital that is cutting edge and incorporates a mix of public housing and affordable housing has aroused great interest.”

A key element of the competition will be to create a design that incorporates about 1000 properties, more than triple the current number at 245, while working within existing height restrictions.

Other considerations include taking into account the heritage value of the buildings and ensuring environmental sustainability. Northbourne Flats were constructed in Braddon and neighbouring Turner in 1958 as government housing to accommodate a massive influx of public servants.

“This competition provides the opportunity to create homes that are fit for the second century of Canberra.”

For those still looking to take a swing at the competition, registration closes on 21 June and the entry package is up on the DHCS website.

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