Left to right: David Hart and Bilqis Youssofzay (Dual Occupancy), planning minister Anthony Roberts, Bridie Gough (Terraces) and Damian Madigan (Manor Houses).

The winners of the NSW government’s Missing Middle Design Competition have been revealed.

The competition, announced last year, was part of the government’s push to have certain medium density housing typologies as complying development in low density residential zones. Competition entrants had to design high quality housing that would meet the requirements of the draft Medium Density Housing Code and draft Medium Density Design Guide.

There were three competition categories – dual occupancy, terraces and manor houses – each with a $10,000 prize and $5000 for the runner up.

Youssofzay & Hart Architects won the dual occupancy category.

“This proposal shows an approach to housing supply that works with the single home owner, allowing them to develop extra housing within their own block,” the jury citation said. “The existing housing stays as it is, while a new contemporary home is sleeved in beside it. Three generations can occupy the block together, providing support through the varied stages of life.”

Madigan Architecture and the University of South Australia won the manor house category.

“An innovative, practical and ethical idea to make clever additions and alterations to two existing houses that makes four houses from two,” the jury citation said. “The arrangement and variety of housing types within the four houses allows for flexible intergenerational living.”

Platform Architects won the terrace category.

“The proposal balances private, shared and public zones throughout the development and creates comfortable and generous dwellings that are applicable to a variety of sites,” the jury citation said.

Planning minister Anthony Roberts said the 111 entries were so imaginative and resourceful that the government was now looking at building some of the submissions as demonstration homes.

“Most new housing in NSW falls into two categories – traditional free-standing homes or strata-titled apartments,” Mr Roberts said.

“What is missing are the low-rise, medium sized homes, like terraces, dual occupancies and townhouses.

“During the competition these talented creators showed us what the future diversity of our homes will look like. Their imaginative take on how to create homes that utilise space, light and smaller blocks as part of the medium density guide and code were truly inspiring.”

NSW Government Architect and competition jury chair Peter Poulet said the competition presented an opportunity to see the government’s draft policy in action, test it and get feedback.

“These designs will contribute to the final design guide and housing code and make well-designed, low-rise medium density homes a reality through Sydney’s middle-ring suburbs and beyond,” Mr Poulet said.

“They will bring innovation through the arrangement of landscape, open space and off-street parking, adding to the existing structures and the ability to age in a familiar place, to name a few.”

The jury also included Rachel Neeson, director, Neeson Murcutt Architects; Timothy Hill, director, Partners Hill; Jan McCredie, urban design manager, Parramatta City Council; and building designer Les Dickson.

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  2. Great!
    1. Combine these ideas with the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 Policy Directions and future action 1.5 for liveable housing features and we will really be providing true intergenerational/ageing-in-place housing and liveable neighbourhoods.
    2. Most older residence value their contact with their garden, their trees and the bird life they attract. Care needs to be taken to ensure tree cover is preserved (or augmented!) or the housing insertions will increase the urban heat island effect, another action plan the Government Architect has in place.