The homeowners of Perth need to embrace living communally and stop being greedy of their spaces if they want to make a solution regarding their problem of affordability crisis. This is according to the leading engineers and architects. There were six winners hailed during the West Australia Housing Authority’s designability competition. The winners had different views on how to improve the landscape of Perth. As a team though, they were able to impress a panel of industry judges and won $10,000 prize with the design that they did for an eight storey building.
The competition conducted was aimed at addressing the current misconception that affordable housing is usually cheap and nasty. It was likewise intended for the redevelopment of the department’s Fremantle’s Holland St public complex. The students made use of a design that incorporated communal spaces, vegetable gardens which can be readily rented out and few car bays in order to encourage residents to walk or go car-free. The proponents said that they tried to communicate an idea and not just a building. They likewise looked at sustainable materials like fly ash concrete, which is made from coal waste and are also created a mix of townhouses. It also has one, two or three bedroom apartments and these are constructed in order to provide diversity and to support a multi-generational living. If the project is realized, the 24meter tall building would act as a “local landmark”, making people know that they are five minutes away from Fremantle.
Serena Pangestu, an UWA architecture student said that there needed to be more influences which are driven by architecture in the housing designs of Perth in order to create buildings which would encourage communal living as well as affordability of housing prices. Currently, about 2 percent of design in buildings involves the work of architects. According to the student, it is quite depressing that the numbers are very low. Most people think that architecture is just about big buildings and disregard the other services that are offered with architecture. Even granny flats WA would also require the services of architects in order to have a functional and great space to live.