Some very exciting news!  The NSW Department of Planning and Environment recently conducted the Missing Middle Design Competition,  calling upon architects and building designers to showcase their visions for the future of medium density housing in NSW.  

I'm very proud to announce that on Monday evening Olivia van Dijk Architecture was awarded runner up in the terrace house category by the Hon. Anthony Roberts Minister for Planning and Housing  

It was a pleasure to take part in the competition - there were some fantastic entries and it's an honour for my work to be recognised amongst such good company.  Big congratulations to Platform Architects, Youssofzay & Hart, and Madigan Architecture for their winning entries.

A generous, elegant response to both family living and to outdoor landscaped space which uses the aspect, topography and context within Newcastle to provide a model for a contemporary family home
— Office of the Government Architect

The competition received 111 submissions across three medium density housing types - dual occupancy (two dwellings on one lot), multi dwelling (terraces), and manor houses (two storey buildings comprising 3-4 dwellings).  Known as 'the missing middle' for providing alternative housing options, these housing types bridge the gap between freestanding houses and apartment buildings.

Insights gained from the competition proposals will help shape the final Medium Density Design Guide

These designs showcase how better quality design will ensure new low rise medium density housing is environmentally sustainable and will contribute to the existing character of an area
— The NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Read more about the competition here