Hilton Revitalisation Project

Hilton Design Competition  

Note: Registrations of interest close on Friday, 25 August 2017. No further registrations will be accepted after this date.​

​The Department of Communities is excited to announce the Hilton Design Competition, which calls for architects to design public housing in Hilton, WA.

This competition marks a search for a new kind of public housing, inviting novel typologies for infill development in Western Australia that can challenge expectations and generate variety, equity and affordability.

It will demonstrate how design quality can be achieved through an ‘economy of means’ to create public housing that is modest, inclusive and ‘placeful. Or, as Alejandro Aravena says, “the power of architecture is the power of synthesis, to say what you want in two words instead of three, to achieve a solution in as few moves as possible”.

» Download the Competition Brief​

The competition is divided into two stages. The first stage of the competition requires participants to submit an initial concept design for two public housing units up to 80 square metres each on a rear, battle-axe lot in Hilton.

A maximum of four (4) short-listed entries will progress to Stage 2.

Stage 2 of the competition requires the shortlisted participants to submit a more detailed design of the initial concept that can be adapted to six other infill lots in Hilton.

Designs should exhibit a considered relationship with Hilton’s unique cultural heritage and incorporate a cohesive, integrated approach to energy efficiency and water saving based on whole-of-life cost principles. Designs must also demonstrate a thoughtful approach to environmental sustainability, including passive solar design, cross ventilation, smart technologies and building performance in terms of thermal comfort. Landscaping should be designed with an equivalent level of consideration as the building and considered as part of a holistic site response

Shortlisted entries will receive a prize of $10,000 and the winning entry will be offered a contract to apply their model to the design of 14 new public housing units on seven lots in Hilton.

Small and emerging architectural practices are encouraged to compete provided at least one participant is a Registered West Australian Architect.

The competition is the first step in the larger Hilton Revitalisation Project that will contribute significantly and creatively to the evolution of Hilton’s unique character. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with the Department of Communities (Housing) to bring about positive change in Hilton as well as contributing new approaches to counteract unsustainable urban sprawl.

For more information, please contact Housing’s Project Delivery Manager Shane Downes on (08) 9222 4762 or​​​

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)​

Responses to all questions received are published here​.​

Arborist's Report

Download the arborist's report​ of the Competition site​​​.


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