Design competition searches for a new kind of public housing

The Western Australian government is calling on architects to design new public housing in the Perth suburb of Hilton, as part of a competition intended to change expectations around public housing.

Announced by the Department of Communities, the Hilton Design Competition seeks the best design for public housing units to be spread across seven lots.

According to a statement released by the department, the competition will be a search for a “new kind of public housing.”

The department said the competition is looking for novel typologies for infill development that will challenge expectations and generate variety, equity and affordability.

“It will demonstrate how design quality can be achieved through an ‘economy of means’ to create public housing that is modest, inclusive and ‘placeful,’” the statement reads.

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