Demonstration social housing projects

The department is delivering demonstration projects in partnership with the Office of the Queensland Government Architect and private sector architects, building on ideas that came out of the 2017 Density and Diversity Done Well competition.

These projects demonstrate best practice design and challenge typical approaches to social housing design. They explore better development or what is called the ‘missing middle’ (i.e. the housing that sits between high-rise, high-density living and the freestanding suburban house).

The ideas and lessons we learn from demonstration projects help inform future projects. They have been informed by our Social housing design guideline (PDF, 7.8MB).

Read more about our demonstration projects. Some are complete, while others are in various design and construction stages.

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Garden Villas, Southport

Seven compact, 1- and 2-bedroom homes are organised in a village-like group around a central, communal courtyard. All units overlook the courtyard, providing amenity and a sense of safety for residents.

Architect: Anna O’Gorman Architects  
Builder: Nano Constructions

Compact apartments, Labrador

Three distinct buildings are located around a central, communal courtyard, above resident parking. The building steps up in height from the street – from a neighbourly 2 storeys at the street up to 5 storeys at the rear. Many of these 20 x 1-bedroom apartments are north facing, with the stepped height allowing sun into the homes and courtyard. Breezeways allow air in and around each home.

Architects: Cox 
Builders: Bryant Building Contractors

Supported youth accommodation, Fraser Coast

Ipswich CBD apartments

These 20 apartments over 5 storeys are all accessible for people with varying mobility levels. The building is located in the Ipswich CBD’s Primary Commercial Zone and includes an awning at street level. A community organisation occupies office space on the ground level and supports some of the building residents.

Architects: Conrad Gargett 
Builders: Bryant Building Contractors

Green laneway homes, Holland Park

Healthy homes, Inala

Diverse dwelling mix, Zillmere

Affordable home, Lawnton

These 27 homes make the most of the site’s north-facing aspect. Residents access their homes via external, covered walkways from the south. The car park is behind the building, and part of the driveway connects the communal garden to the development’s central green corridor.

Architects: Ko and Co Architects 
Builder: Kane Constructions

Homes for the dry tropics, Mundingburra

This project provides 2- and 4-bedroom homes that are designed for the hot, dry tropics of Townsville. A large, landscaped space sits at the heart of the development, and the home designs capture south-east and north-east sea breezes.

Architects: Counterpoint Architects 
Builder: Ellis Constructions

Townhouse-style apartments, Logan

This 2-storey development is arranged around garden spaces and organised to allow for north–south orientation and good ventilation into all homes. The design fosters a sense of community and creates opportunities for casual interaction between residents.

Architects: REFRESH* 
Builders: Bryant Building Contractors

Master-planned, supported housing, Eight Mile Plains

This project replaces a long-established crisis housing and support service on the site. It includes 33 social housing dwellings and an ancillary hub space that will provide services and support to residents. The master plan includes the demolition of an existing hostel and a new internal road reserve that connects the development to existing social housing dwellings.

Architects: Deicke Richards
Builders: Adco Construction