Aboriginal Housing Victoria | Breathe

Aboriginal Housing Victoria | Breathe | Photographer: Andrew Wuttke

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Aboriginal Housing Victoria | Breathe

Traditional Land Owners


EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Bowden Corp
Andrew Wuttke
Project summary

Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) , a community-led organisation managing over 1,500 rental properties for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in Victoria, embodies the strength and resilience of First Nations People. This strength exists despite inadequate access to affordable and appropriate housing. An issue which is complex and multi-faceted, rooted in dispossession and dislocation, one that requires action beyond architecture alone.

Recognising the need to significantly increase the amount of available housing stock, AHV engaged Breathe to design their first multi-residential social housing project.

A guide throughout this process, AHV tasked Breathe with challenging the traditional typology of single dwellings; recognising its social and sustainability limitations in an urban context. The brief was, instead, to design a sustainable and culturally sensitive three storey multi-residential development in the heart of Reservoir. A development that would serve the large First Nations population in the area and offer them a medium density community focused home.

Victorian Jury Presentation
Project Practice Team

Ali Galbraith, Design Lead
Bettina Robinson, Interior Design Lead
Camilla Carmichael, Associate and Project Lead
Faith Freeman, Project Architect and Project Lead
Jacqueline Nguyen, Architect
Jeremy McLeod, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Acoustic Logic, Acoustic engineer
Argall, Civil and structural engineer
Currie and Brown, Quantity Surveyor
Du Chateau Chun, Access Consultant
Grunn Consulting, ESD Consultant
Human Habitats, Landscape Consultant
Leigh Design, Waste Consultant
RBD Consulting, Building services engineer
RBS Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
RED Fire, Fire engineer
Tahnee Edwards, Artist and collaborator
Traffix Group, Traffic Engineer
Urban Xchange, Project Manager

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Aboriginal Housing Victoria | Breathe | Photographer: Andrew Wuttke

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