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, a 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.

To achieve this 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. We have managed to achieve an average rating of 8.3 stars.
  • partnered with Bank Australia to assist with project financing. 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.
  • aspire to have this application assessed under Moreland City Council’s Design Excellence Scorecard. We recently confirmed that Moreland’s planning department are supportive of the application and anticipate it being advertised in October 2020.

We originally planned on developing the site into 6 dwellings, 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. Pending a positive planning outcome we plan to commence construction in Q2 2021 and complete the project in Q3 2022.

With the expansion of the project, the Collective grew from 6 members to 8 members and we are now seeking 2 more members to join the project. 

If you’d like to find out more about the project and how you can get involved, below are links to:

Below are images from our town planning submission and from the information session on site 2018.

490-492 Victoria Street Brunswick West