About the Winner
Napier Street reflects Unison Housing’s desire for this development and its community to be a participatory member of the neighbourhood by successfully responding and contributing to the natural and built found experience.
Unison Housing is to be highly commended for implementing this inspirational project, transforming a dilapidated apartment block in Footscray into 54 new affordable self-contained, social housing apartments.
The project challenges our industry to provide high quality housing for the most vulnerable in our community, with contemporary design and secure housing, coupled with facilities for direct enterprise support, tenant engagement and community interaction.
The judges were highly impressed by the quality of the build, delivering a project which reflects typical ‘build-to sell’ typology while avoiding institutionalised materials and design language. This enables a high quality of individual, sustainable apartments for tenants and has assisted in destigmatising affordable housing within the broader area. This is an aspirational project for which Unison Housing, should feel exceptionally proud.