Gen Y Demonstration Housing Competition

Design innovation. Designed for Gen Y by Gen Y

The Gen Y Demonstration Housing competition invited young West Australian architects to submit an 'idea' which encapsulated the Gen Y lifestyle and living requirements. Participants were asked to visually describe a flexible, cost effective and sustainable dwelling for the next generation of home owners.

Track the Gen Y Demonstration House as it develops

Perth Builders has been announced as the builder of the Gen Y demonstration housing. Visit the dedicated website to see the progress of the build and learn about the innovative design solutions incorporated into this project.

21 submissions presented a wide range of ideas, an overall design philosophy and a poster. Submissions underwent a rigorous assessment process. The following six architects/groups were shortlisted to participate in the second stage of the competition which involved further development of their 'Idea' into a concept design.

  • Andrew Boyne - ATB Architect
  • David Barr - David Barr Architect
  • Lisa McGann, Greg James, Jenni Star, Johannes Lupolo Chan and Miriam Jeffreys - Gresley Abas Architects
  • Mitchell Hill and Sally-Ann Weerts - Matthews McDonald Architects with Paul McDonald (Supervisor)
  • Sid Thoo and Alex Raynes-Goldie - Sid Thoo Architect
  • Thomas Hobbs - VittinoAshe with Marco Vittino (Supervisor)

Stage 2 submissions demonstrated a variety of solutions to address flexibility, adaptability and sustainability in an innovative, spatially efficient and climate responsive way.

The winner

On Monday 24 March 2014 at an event hosted by Fernella Kernebone from ABC's By Design programme, the winner of the Gen Y Demonstration Housing competition was announced as The Step House by David Barr.

The house will be built on Lot 7 of the White Gum Valley residential estate where it will be open for display. Industry, community and school groups will be invited to visit and learn more about the design and the sustainability initiatives integrated into the design.

Exhibition of submissions

The Stage 2 submissions have been exhibited around Perth at key industry events.

Innovation through Demonstration

DevelopmentWA's Innovation through Demonstration projects help push the boundaries for positive change to create a new, smarter way of living. The WGV estate will demonstrate the economic and social benefits of sustainable communities and set new benchmarks for the development industry. To learn more, click here.

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