Barkly Hotel Apartments

Footscray

Description: Social Housing
Cost: $12 Million
Completion: 2008

This social housing project in Barkly Street Footscray comprising of 71 Apartment was the first multi-storey social housing project for YCH, largest project named Victrack due to the previous owners of the site. The site remained vacant for over 10 years prior to it being purchased by YCH and developed as singles housing. The project was the second stage of a three stage project on this site.

The brief was to maximise the yield on this tiny infill site in the busy and eclectic precinct of Fitzroy. We designed nineteen 32sqm Studio apartments over five levels with a central courtyard to provide northern sunlight into every apartment.

Every studio was designed to have balconies with northern sunlight and cross ventilation to enhance the internal environment of the units and minimise the need for mechanical cooling in summer. Communal solar boosted hot water and a communal laundry on ground level was serviced by a safe and secure internal courtyard for the residents. No car parking was provided due to the single low income profile of the tenants combined with the inner urban location of the site.
The building incorporates environmentally sustainable design features to reduce the overall environmental impact, improve the comfort and quality of the accommodation and reduce utility costs.

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