Australian Capital Territory
Common Ground Dickson is a unique housing initiative aimed at addressing homelessness in the ACT by providing permanent housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness.
The model is based on Housing First principles combined with wraparound support services to create a “common ground” where residents can thrive.
The building is designed with a strong environmental focus including an extensive solar array, storm water harvesting, and energy-efficient units. The site is located in a convenient and accessible area, with managed public spaces, including a large multipurpose social space, art studio, and social enterprise café, providing opportunities for social interaction and support.
Common Ground Dickson demonstrates a highly commendable response to Multiple Housing. It provides a range of dwelling typologies among highly functional community facilities. Robust and natural materials offer a sense of warmth and durability appropriate to the development.
The use of a higher built form to create larger and more open external spaces is highly successful in creating a range of zones for productivity, activity and soft landscaping. Generous circulation and extensive access to natural light and views creates places for incidental interaction or quiet contemplation.
David Pennington, Design Architect
Shaun Bray, Senior Drafts Person
Jeremy Barker, Project Manager