The Queensland government has announced a new competition aiming to increase medium-density housing options in the state. Called Density and Diversity Done Well, the competition is similar to the Missing Middle Design Competition in New South Wales, which was launched last year.
Proposals are currently being sought from architects registered both nationally and internationally – as well as from students, graduates and building designers – whose designs address the ‘missing middle’ of housing density.
Ideally, proposed designs will provide solutions to the problem of increasing housing density in Queensland’s suburbs without lowering the standards of liveability. The competition seeks proposals for one- to two-storey buildings in suburban areas, or four- to six-storey designs in more well-serviced locations, such as around train stations. It is hoped that a wide range of housing typologies will be represented in the received submissions.
The government’s announcement also revealed a competition jury comprising a mixture of public servants and industry experts. The six-person jury for the Density and Diversity Done Well competition includes Queensland government architect Malcolm Middleton, Marina Vit of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, Brit Anderson from the Queensland chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, John Byrne of the Planning Institute of Australia Queensland chapter, the Department of Infrastructure’s Kerry Riethmuller, and Malcom Holz from Economic Development Queensland.
Entries to the competition close on 4 July 2017. Up to ten winners will be announced in mid- to late-August, and will share between them a prize pool of $50,000. The jury will also award commendations for notable projects, but these will not receive prize money.