Collective #9 – Victoria St West Brunswick: Westwyck

Project details

  • Site: Lot 1, 490-492 Victoria St Brunswick West
  • Status: Design Development
  • Collaborators: Zen Architects
  • Commencement: June 2018
  • Completion : 2022
  • Partners: 10

In June 2018 we managed to purchase lot 1 at 490-492 Victoria Street Brunswick West, the 787 sqm vacant lot on the north eastern corner of the One Planet Living eco-village Westwyck. This site had been intended for stage 2 of the Westwyck development.

The initial members of the collective were keen to use a baugruppen approach to create an inter generational community and deliver high performance buildings. They were keen to create a project that were sympathetic to the ground breaking built form and community outcomes that Mike Hill and Lorna Pitt were able to achieve with Westwyck stage 1.

We originally planned on developing the site into 6 dwellings in a mixed typology project featuring a mix of townhouses and apartments of differing sizes. The collective was keen to explore incorporating a number of communal features like a shared garden, roof deck,  laundry and bike storage.

In late 2018 we achieved two important milestones.

  • Firstly, we appointed Zen Architects to the project after a thorough shortlisting process. The collective were keen to appoint an architect with extensive experience in designing and building homes with the highest environmental performance.
  • Secondly, we partnered with Bank Australia to finance the purchase of the property. Bank Australia were keen to support this project as it aligned with their objectives of wanting to support affordable housing models and projects that will deliver outstanding environmental performance. In this case the aim is to achieve an equivalent of 8-star building performance. We are very excited about this partnership. To the best of our knowledge we are the first private developer that Bank Australia has funded.

However in early 2019 the opportunity arose to purchase of the neighbouring property at 488 Victoria St West Brunswick. In late 2019 we bought the site which allowed the Collective to expanded the size of the project to 10 homes.

Click here to review the set of plans we have submitted to Council.

Below are some photos from the information session we ran in late 2018 when we were seeking some additional participants in the project.

490-492 Victoria Street Brunswick West