‘How can we give social housing sites an identity within a gentrifying inner-city context?’
The 1960’s commission housing superblocks sustain social and economic diversity within the inner-city. As areas become increasingly affluent, we must ensure that social housing sites maintain a strong sense of community presence.
The proposal will see a new social housing superblock in Prahran which connects the existing commission tower estates through a public corridor. The design bridges through Princes Gardens, strengthening connections to local amenity and the nearby Chapel Street. The corridor provides a place for community activity and exchange, green space for recreation and relaxation, and a thoroughfare for the everyday pedestrian and cyclist. High density social housing units are built above the corridor, where housing diversity is expressed and personalisation encouraged.