Our Hope Street housing project recently won multiple awards

Our Hope Street housing project – designed with Officer Woods Architects – won accolades in three categories at the WA Architecture Awards in 2024.

We were really pleased that our Hope Street Housing project – designed in partnership with Officer Woods Architects – was so highly regarded at the WA Architecture Awards last week.

The project – a medium density housing project with 28 diverse terrace houses and walk-up apartments – won recognition in three categories, including:

• Urban Design – Award
• Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing – Commendation
• Sustainable Architecture – Commendation

We’re super proud of this project which provides an alternative model of density for Perth – where battleaxe block subdivisions have traditionally been the norm – thereby increasing housing diversity and choice in a sought-after neighbourhood.

Residents in these smaller, smarter, more sustainable housing can enjoy all the established amenity of White Gum Valley, which includes parks and recreation facilities, easy access to shops and entertainment in nearby Fremantle, and access to local schools and other essential services.
One of the residents provided feedback for our awards entry, and said:

“This home is beautifully designed, finished and a joy to live in. Heating is never required in winter – the passive solar design works perfectly. Upstairs living affords views of surrounding trees with a feel of country living. My home is beautiful, drawing praise from all my visitors.
The house has been cleverly designed to feel roomy despite the small footprint. One of the loveliest parts of living here is the way light is invited in to best advantage. An added bonus is that the style and intention of the development has attracted like- minded buyers resulting in a close-knit community.”

Some of the design factors that make this development so appealing are the emphasis on gardens and landscaping, which is made possible by the site’s sub-division pattern. Two rows of well-lit, well-ventilated north-facing houses each have generous setbacks for deep soil and gardens and high permeability, and different types of gardens range from private to semi-private and communal open spaces.

There is extensive landscaping throughout the site – including along the street frontages – which combines with legible and safe areas for pedestrian and vehicle movements. This mews configuration means there are only two driveways into the site, which promotes community interaction in the lively landscaped laneway.

All of these benefits – which were recognised in the awards – are the result of very careful and deliberate design and site planning from the outset of this project, and we’re grateful to our client for investing in this process.

If you’re also keen to develop new multi-residential projects that will meet the needs of Perth residents who value affordable good design, or you’ve got a site that’s ripe for a smarter, smaller, more sustainable home, we invite you to get in touch.
You can email Matt at Matt@MDCArchitects.com.au or call him on 0405 003 035

Traditional Land Owners: Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation
Architecture: MDC Architects & Officer Woods
Builder: Bruce Construction Design
Landscape: Aspect Studio
Photography: Rob Frith, Acorn Photography