Baptist Community Services Social housing, jointly funded through State and Federal programs, is establishing a new community of people, generally in later life stages and many with an expectation of disability at some time through their tenancy.
The site layout expresses the macro community in a village square and provides for clusters of ‘addresses’ such that people have a choice in their interaction: in one community through their front door; and a different one from their private porch.
The character of the development seeks to provide ‘dignity with certainty’ in the ‘substance’ of the homes. A ‘progressive’ style is rooted in the type and scale of the neighbourhood, reinterpreted in a modern idiom without forcing an ‘architectural experiment’ on tenants who often have little choice.
Small homes are planned to maximise the perception of spaciousness providing efficiency without unnecessary constraint.