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Projects / Residential

Lilyfield Housing Development
NSW, Australia

Housing NSW
Architecture, Planning, Urban Design

Winner, Sustainable Development Award at the 2011 UDIA NSW Austral Bricks Awards for Excellence. Shortlisted, World Architecture Festival 2011.

The Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment has set a new standard for public housing developments in Australia. It demonstrates that highly sustainable public housing outcomes are both realistic and achievable in terms of function, project demographics and housing affordability.

Located on an 8,230sqm site within Sydney’s inner west, the redevelopment comprises 24 one-bedroom units, 58 two-bedroom units and 6 three-bedroom units of which 10% are specifically designed to the latest standards of accessibility for occupants with disabilities.

The project features passive solar design attributes, with all units having north or east facing living areas and natural cross ventilation. The latest technology in gas boosted solar hot water systems is also incorporated into the north facing roof forms over the access stair wells. The built form is fully integrated and in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood, with minimal impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties.

The introduction of bright, contemporary colours echo Sydney’s ‘vibrant cities manifesto’. Recessed balconies and projecting balcony slabs create articulation and shadows and add visual depth to the facades. A key feature of the site is the generous open spaces and courtyard, made possible by dispensing on-site parking provision in favour of adequate on-street parking. HBO+EMTB’s town planning service sought changes to the Leichardt City Council’s Development Control Plan and proposed the no on-site parking provision. This initiative, along with the increase in dwelling density, elimination of developer contributions and reduction in unit sizes significantly reduced the overall development costs of the Project.

The Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment is the first social housing project in Australia to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia’s Multi-Unit Residential Pilot tool.