Atherton Gardens Social Housing and Hub

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Atherton Gardens Social Housing and Hub

Located on Brunswick Street Fitzroy within the Atherton Gardens Reserve, are 152 Social Housing apartments, a kindergarten, childcare and community hub. The energy efficient and spacious apartments are occupied by a mix of key workers, affordable and social housing communities. Many apartments have universal access, and many are occupied by families.

Built over a former carpark, the building fills a gap in the streetscape and bridges between the 20-storey Commission Towers and their 3-4 storey neighbours. The ground floor facilities including the kindergarten, childcare centre, community meeting rooms and training facilities, invite the broader Fitzroy community into the building. The ‘Hub’, the Connie Benn Centre is managed by Yarra City Council with the Brotherhood of St Laurence's Community Team (based in the centre) who deliver services to parents, children and young people, including a Breakfast Club, and “Kids to Teens’ support for refugee and migrant parents.

‘The childcare here is superb. We moved from a different centre and the positive changes in our child were noticeable from the beginning’. Elvira 2020

The building’s design stems from close site analysis and draws on the Victorian pattern of highly formal and solid front facades, that contrast with the adhoc informality of out-buildings (or contemporary extensions) to the rear. The building is solid, formal and closed to the south and west, and open, light, airy and informal to the north and east - addressing the open space of the reserve. The ‘woven’ brick facade integrates the building into the surrounding context where patterned brickwork buildings abound, while also metaphorically evoking protection, warmth and the dignity good housing provides.

Throughout the project all participants tested ways that architecture can positively contribute to integrated, managed social and affordable housing. The project was Awarded the Dulux Colour Award Grand Prix and Multi-Residential Award and a Think Brick Award for it's innovative 'woven' brick inlay.

With McCabe Architects

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Awards

  • Dulux Colour Award, 2013 – Grand Prix Winner
  • Dulux Colour Award, 2013 – Multi Residential Exterior Category Winner
  • Think Brick, 2012 – Horbury Hunt Commercial Highly Commended

Publication

Contributors

Architects: McCabe Architects and Bird de la Coeur 
Client: DHS Property and Assets Group
Structure: Robert Bird Group 
Services consultants: JBA Consulting Engineers 
Photographer: John Gollings / Mark Wilson 
Landscape: Formium

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