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Reinventing the 'six-pack' apartment block

Category  Small Residential Development  |  Project  Wynnstay Road, Prahran  |  Architects  Neometro Melbourne

Context

This block of eight apartments is located on a large inner suburban site. The neighbouring sites, which were formerly freestanding family houses, have been redeveloped as 'six-pack' apartment blocks. The adjoining apartment buildings are typical 60s-era, three-storey walk-ups with minimal setbacks from all boundaries and visually dominant on-site car parking.

Challenge

This project reworked the infill apartment model and in particular provided an improved level of amenity. It also created individual building character, giving pride of ownership.

Response

Residents cars are located out of sight in a basement, which also frees up more space for units and patios at ground level. The ground level apartments now have usable private open space. The building's presence in the streetscape is enriched by investment in modern, high quality design and materials while the less visible parts of the building remain more neutral.

Lessons

This project shows how a much berated but economically viable development model, the compact infill block often known as 'six-packs', can be reinvented by thoughtful design consideration and focused investment to provide a sympathetic means of increasing dwelling density.

More information

Fact Sheet - Wynnstay Road, Prahran (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Fact Sheet - Wynnstay Road, Prahran accessible version (DOC, 27.5 KB)

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