Melbourne architecture practice Clarke Hopkins Clarke has a second housing project in inner Melbourne for Women’s Housing, an organization that provides safe, secure and affordable housing for women at risk of homelessness, which includes women over 55 and women who are forced to leave their home because of family violence.
The building, in the Melbourne suburb of Newport, contains 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments across three levels. The apartments on the top floor are set back, which create outdoor terraces for the eight uppermost units. While the complex features a number of apartments, from the street it presents as two large townhouses with timber exteriors, echoing the weatherboard houses that are prevalent in the neighbourhood.
Given the building’s purpose, the brief laid out strict security requirements. The entrances of each of the apartments are highly visible from the shared spaces and corridors, allowing for a high level of passive surveillance.
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Source: Architecture AU