Step Up

Exploring new ways to create homes for all

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Overview and Objectives

In 2016 we challenged architects, designers and builders to put their skills and ingenuity to the test and apply sustainable, innovative design principles to medium-density housing.

DEVELOP COST-EFFECTIVE MEDIUM-DENSITY HOUSING SOLUTIONS THAT ADDRESS THE GROWING DEMAND FOR ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

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The objectives

The objective of the Step Up Housing Design competition is to encourage the exploration of innovative, affordable medium-density housing solutions that can address the challenge of our growing population, and provide alternative cost-effective housing choices for the next generation of home owners and tenants in Perth.

  • FLEXIBILITY
    Providing flexible, adaptable, spatially efficient layouts that are attractive and comfortable.
  • NEW TECHNOLOGIES
    Investigating new technologies, materials and construction methods to reduce construction costs.
  • FASTER BUILDS
    Improving building efficiencies and reducing construction timeframes.
  • CLIMATE RESPONSIVE
    Applying climate-responsive design in buildings by optimising solar access, natural daylight and ventilation.
  • SMART USE OF SPACE
    Integrating innovative site planning and landscape design to ensure spatial efficiency and a high level of on-site amenity.
  • SUSTAINABILITY
    Integrating innovative, sustainable and cost-effective water, waste and energy technologies.
  • COST EFFICIENCY
    Investigating economies of scale and different construction methods and materials.
  • EXPLORING HOUSING TYPES
    Testing efficiencies of different housing typologies and lot configurations to reduce land component.
  • DENSITY AND DIVERSITY
    Optimising the provisions of the multiple dwelling codes to increase density and diversity.
  • SAVINGS
    Investigating density bonuses and other cost-saving incentives.
  • EVERY DAY LIFE
    Demonstrating a whole-of-life approach to affordable living by considering ongoing running and maintenance costs.

The Competition

The Step Up Housing Design competition is an initiative by LandCorp, in partnership with Shoreline and the WA State Government, to push the boundaries of sustainable design.

The project is endorsed by:

  • Australian Housing and Urban Research (AHURI)
  • Office of the Government Architects (OGA)
  • Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • City of Cockburn

At each stage of the competition, the selection process has been overseen by an independent probity advisor.

The competition ran in three stages:

Stage One
Step Up Housing ‘Idea’

We received 47 high-quality entries from architects, designer and builders. Shortlisted entrants were paid $10,000 to contribute to the cost of research and development and planning when proceeding to Stage Two of the competition.

Stage Two
Step Up Housing ‘Concept Design’

Seven architects were shortlisted as participants in Stage Two. At this point, schematic concept drawings, estimated construction costs and target sale prices were submitted. Shortlisted entrants were paid $20,000 to cover the cost of proceeding to the final round.

Stage Three
Step Up Housing 'Detailed Design'

Four architects were shortlisted for the final round. We had planned to award three, but the calibre of entrants were so high in Stage Two, we wanted to provide more opportunities to progress ideas further.

Stage Three required entrants to submit fully-resolved design drawings and detailed construction costs, including explanations of materials to be used and complete specifications.

Participants put in a huge effort to ensure their designs were compliant with all regulations, local authorities and policies.

Winning Submission

The winning architect's submission was selected by a judging panel of industry experts for construction at LandCorp’s Shoreline development at Cockburn Coast.

The winning entrant receives $20,000 cash and an $80,000 marketing package to promote the winning design.

The next generation of medium-density housing, as designed by the winner, will be built at Shoreline throughout 2017-18.

The Judges

Philip Griffiths (Chairman)

Judge 1

Philip Griffiths (Chairman)

Past President Australian Institute of Architecture WA

Daniel Arndt

Judge 2

Daniel Arndt

Director, Planning and Development, City of Cockburn

Lino Iacomella

Judge 3

Lino Iacomella

WA Executive Director, Property Council of Australia

Dean Mudford

Judge 4

Dean Mudford

Chief Operations Officer, LandCorp

Steven Rowley

Judge 5

Steven Rowley

Associate Professor, Curtin University Department of Economics and Property

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT LANDCORP

Sustainable Development at LandCorp

Our sustainability vision is to be a leader in facilitating and delivering sustainable development by providing value for present and future generations across the four elements:

  • Community wellbeing
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Economic health
  • Design excellence

PROBITY ADVISOR

Kevin Donnelly
Stantons International