union social housing, brunswick

A tired, archetypal, suburban six pack apartment building, close to public transport, bicycle paths and shops in Brunswick, has been philanthropically transformed into Launch Housing’s Home Ground emergency and low-cost, social housing.  The building envelope was bolstered by the introduction of thermally insulated roofing, double glazing throughout with full height sliding doors to living spaces allowing their extension onto balconies and private, landscaped gardens.  Internalised, walled staircase and foyers together with a walled frontage have greatly enhanced personal security for residents.  The abolition of gas augmented by an extensive photovoltaic solar collection system significantly reduces the carbon footprint and fosters operational energy independence.  Interiors are rejuvenated with new kitchens, bathrooms, finishes, lighting and fittings.

photographer: Peter Bennetts