This set of six community housing apartments is located on a ‘close-to-town’ suburban street in the small regional town of Atherton in Far North Queensland.
All parts of the site have been utilized for either distinctly private space or distinctly communal space. Areas between buildings and boundaries are used as private outdoor courtyards and the driveway space is essentially pedestrian and community. Distinct boundaries separate these two realms.
Spaces within the units are ordered to establish appropriate degrees of privacy. Kitchens are adjacent to and have vantage over their respective unit entries. Each of the units has strategically placed vantage points from which tenants can overlook the public areas and beyond to the street. This concept reduces security risks and promotes a close sense of community within the development.
Rendered concrete masonry provides a solid base to the ground. These walls are used as both building and landscape elements thereby blurring the differentiation between the two. The upper walls become timber framed and sheeted which further establishes the garden fence nature of the concrete masonry. Ceilings are used to define spaces through height differentiation. The roof forms reflect the internal spaces as the majority of ceilings are located in line with the roof. The relative small floor area of the unit lounge rooms is compensated by high ceilings.