Viv’s Place is part of an innovative build-to-rent housing program in Melbourne. The first of its kind in Australia, it provides permanent housing for 60 women and 130 children escaping family violence and homelessness.
The project employs trauma-informed design principles, with spaces that promote connection and comfort between occupants, and on-site access to education, healthcare and legal assistance.
It aims to reset expectations of what Australian social housing can be and question assumptions of what is most needed in apartment living. It deliberately moves away from austere and institutional social housing models, seeking to be generous and abundant in every sense.
Viv’s Place is vibrant and colourful, boldly taking on its own identity. The design replicates motifs intended to emphasise home and safety, to help inhabitants grow and prosper, and features materials and patterns traditionally found in the home: terracotta tiles, coloured wallpaper, wrought iron lacework, fencing and garden motifs.
Viv’s Place shifts away from the traditional institutional social housing models and presents a vibrant, generous, and abundant living space for women and children escaping family violence and homelessness. Communal spaces are designed as an extension of the apartments above with multipurpose spaces, communal kitchen and children’s play areas themed with a richly coloured palette of materials and works of art.
The project balances a bold identity and presence with layers of space and elements that provide a sense of comfort, security, and privacy to the inhabitants within.
Andrea Wilson, Interior Designer
Andrew Lilleyman, Design Architect
Ben Tole, Graduate of Architecture
Catherine Dupuy, Interior Designer
Eliza Langham, Project Architect
Helen Walter, Project Architect
Jess Heald, Project Architect
Jesse Judd, Design Architect
John Van Gemert, Project Architect
Nigel Reichenbach, Project Architect
Nourin Ahmadpour, Graduate of Architecture
Ryan Robertson, Graduate of Architecture
Sophie Clelland, Graduate of Architecture
Toby Flaye, Graduate of Architecture
Before Compliance, DDA Consultant
Casper Dekker Specifications, Specifications Consultant
Resonate Consultants, Acoustic Consultant
Rider Levett Bucknall, Cost Consultant
Salus Risk Consulting, Safety in Design Consultant
Spacecraft Studio, Artist Engagement
Steve Watson & Partners, Building Code Consultant
Tract, Landscape Consultant
Urbis, Town Planner
Vivid Wayfinding, Signage and Wayfinding Consultant
WSP, Engineering Consultant
WSP, Services Consultant