Density and Diversity Done Well

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The Density and Diversity Done Well open ideas competition challenged architects, students and building designers to create new housing options for a typical suburban block within a neighbourhood of 20 dwellings. The competition called for dwelling types for the “missing middle” – between that of high-density high-rise apartments and free-standing suburban homes. “This competition was designed to encourage people to rediscover and reimagine Queensland neighbourhoods. As our population grows, it is important to allow our cities, centres and suburbs to be the best they can be. We owe this to current and future Queenslanders” Malcolm Middleton OAM, Queensland Government Architect.

nettletontribe are pleased to announce that our senior associate Rebecca Champney, was announced as a winner of the Design and Diversity Competition 2017, with her Linear Landscape House.

The Jury recognised Rebecca’s submission as a sensitive, side boundary infill.

“A well-crafted, low-scale intervention into an existing neighbourhood. The idea centres on the creation of a narrow house that re-purposes an often unloved, underutilised and contested ‘leftover’ space between the side boundary and an existing house. It creates a series of small building footprints within this side boundary space that could also accommodate a flexible studio space, granny flat and home offices as a separate freestanding extension to the existing house.
Critically, this new two-storey dwelling preserves and connects front and rear garden spaces. This nuanced side boundary response avoids a ‘build to boundary’ blank wall while maximising light, ventilation and privacy.”

In addition, nettletontribe architecture student Madeleine Arrow, (University of Queensland) was awarded a commendation and was 1 of only 2 students to be awarded recognition.

The Directors of nettletontribe supported this competition, by encouraging staff from all offices to participate. As part of an annual design scholarship program Nettletontribe ran a concurrent internal competition for entrants to win a trip to the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin. There were 10 entries from Nettletontribe’s Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne studios. The internal competition was judged by an external panel Architects Matthew Pullinger, Emili Fox and Jon Jacka. Madeleine Arrow and Patrick Bullen were awarded commendations, Daniel Terry was awarded runner up and Rebecca Champney was awarded as winner. This year Daniel and Rebecca will both be attending the World Architecture Festival in Belin on the 15th to 17th of November 2017.

All open competition entries can be viewed here