Public Housing _ Dandenong VIC. Australia _ Completed 2012

Living Places Suburban Revival is the culmination of an open design competition to establish an innovative approach to medium density public housing that can sensitively integrate with and rejuvenate low-density suburbs in an environmentally and socially sustainable way.

Initiated by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and the Office of Housing, Living Places involves the design of fifteen environmentally efficient, low-cost dwellings on six consolidated residential allotments in Dandenong.  The project establishes a solar responsive urban framework which, in combination with efficient internal planning and the integration of ESD technologies, facilitates dwellings with energy ratings in excess of 8 stars.  WSUD principles, grey water treatment and indigenous planting reduce the site’s dependence on mains water and minimise its impact on the local environment. 

Living Places is spatially diverse and accommodates numerous household configurations.  Private open spaces, semi-private gardens and operable fences and screens allow residents to mediate contact with neighbours, while centrally located communal outdoor spaces activate the site and create possibilities for interaction and self-expression.  

Living Places demonstrates that public housing can be accommodated within established suburban environments without disrupting the neighbourhood or ostracizing the community within.  Furthermore, they can be spatially rich and rewarding places to live.



BENT Team:
Paul Porjazoski, Merran Porjazoski, Fiona Lew, Louisa Macleod, Andre Ullal

Pirovich Industries P/L

Structural Engineer:
Clive Steele Partners P/L

Services Engineer:
SPA Consulting P/L

Landscape Architect:
Site Office

Trevor Mein

2008 WINNER _ 'Living Places Suburban Revival' Public Housing Competition
2012 WINNER _ Melbourne Design Award for Residential Architecture

2008 The Age _ "Public Housing for all, More or Less" 
2012 Architecture Australia _ "Model Housing"
2012 ABC Radio National _ 'By Design - In the Field'
2013 The Age _ "Winning Concept Lights the Way for Public Housing"