Gen Y – Demonstration Housing Project by Landcorp

How to provide sustainable, cost effective housing for a new generation of home buyers has been on the drawing board for the team at Landcorp for some time.

The solution, was remarkable.

It was the birth of the Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project. A 2013 design competition inviting young West Australian architects to submit design concepts for a unique and sustainable residential dwelling, encapsulating the Gen Y lifestyle.

The winner was Fremantle based architect David Barr, and the result is quite incredible…

This is what you can do with just a 250m2 plot of land. Isn’t it wonderful? But take a closer look and you’ll notice there’s a whole lot more going on here than just a modern façade.

This isn’t one home, it’s 3. Three interlocking one bedroom, one bathroom apartments. Each with private entries, kitchens and laundry. Six people can comfortably call this place home. And the design has pushed the boundaries in a direction that I’d like to see more and more of.

For example, a shared garden and outdoor living area. Maximizes spatial efficiency, and strengthens the social cohesion within a neighborhood.

White Gum Valley is home to the project and as you can see its in it finishing stages… it’s almost complete.

But y’know what I think, this to me is a reminder just how important good design is to get the most out of a block. It’s proof that you can exist comfortably on a small lot – three couples in fact – and it doesn’t need to be cheap and nasty. And it’s the perfect way to go thirds in the cost of the land.

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