Results of the Missing Middle Design Competition, held in November 2016 will soon be announced by the NSW Government. The design competition was organised to test the draft Medium Density Housing Code and draft Medium Density Design Guide developed by the Government.

The Missing Middle Design Competition called upon architects and building designers to showcase their visions for the future of medium density housing in NSW. The competition received over 100 creative submissions across three medium density housing types – dual occupancy (two dwellings on one lot), multi-dwelling (terraces), and manor houses (two-storey buildings comprising 3-4 dwellings).

Known as ‘the missing middle’ for providing an alternative housing option, these housing types bridge the gap between freestanding houses and apartment buildings.

Three winners, one from each category, and four runners up will be awarded prize money with each category winner to receive $10,000 and runner up, $5,000.

Insights gained from the competition proposals will help shape the final Medium Density Design Guide.