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Urban renewal development designed for community interaction

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When designing the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project, FMSA Architecture prioritised public input

This is a mixture of affordable rental properties for singles, couples, families and older people on low to moderate incomes

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Architect: FMSA Architecture
Photography by Andrew Latreille

From the architect: Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project (ACGP) is a major housing and urban renewal development providing high quality housing in Ashwood and Chadstone area 15km outside of Melbourne CBD across six sites. The $140m leveraged development delivered a mixture of affordable rental properties for singles, couples, families and older people on low to moderate incomes, as well as privately owned dwellings. In total the development provides 210 social housing apartments and townhouses, plus a further 72 privately owned dwellings.

The 6 sites, which form the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project, included the cluster of neighbouring sites on Power Avenue and Elliot Street originally occupied by DHS dwellings in poor condition and the Huntington Disease Institute; and 4 vacant suburban lots. A key intention within the redevelopment through all phases was to maximise community-housing yields throughout the six sites whilst maintaining a degree of housing diversity and relevant use in specified areas.

The architectural response respected the existing scale and character of the surrounding neighbourhood using massing, medium rise building height and staggered step back from the street to ensure that the buildings contributed positively at a pedestrian scale. By situating the buildings closer to the train line, there was an opportunity to blur the transition from the footpath through soft landscaping creating for community interaction.


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  • Looks very good, I like it.