Hilton Revitalisation Project

Hilton Design Competition

The Department of Communities (Housing) has announced the shortlisted teams for the Hilton Design Competition.

A partnership between the Department of Communities, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Office of the Government Architect and the City of Fremantle, the competition invited the entrants to re-imagine public housing and submit designs that challenged current expectations and promoted variety, equity and affordability. Most of all it was about providing housing that is modest, inclusive and responsive to Hilton’s sense of place.

The competition attracted 79 entries from both emerging and established architectural practices. The jury was overwhelmed by the number of entries and impressed with the variety of the design approaches and the consistently high quality of the submissions. It genuinely made the process of shortlisting only four entries extremely difficult, but based on the creativity and innovation of the submissions the future of public housing in Hilton will be very impressive.

Housing is pleased to confirm the following teams have been shortlisted by the jury:

  • David Barr, David Barr Architects
  • Bernard Seeber, Jonathan Strauss and Georgia Willis, Bernard Seeber Architects
  • Trent Woods, Officer Woods Architects
  • Jennie Officer, Officer Woods Architects

The shortlisted entrants are now invited to expand on the design approach conceived for the Initial Concept to create a Developed Concept for the competition site. Each shortlisted team will receive an honorarium of $10,000 upon submission of the Developed Concept and the overall winner will be offered a contract to apply its model to the design of 14 new public dwellings in Hilton.

Housing would like to thank everyone who participated and once again congratulate those shortlisted, and look forward to revealing the winner in December.

The winner will be announced at the Hilton Design Competition awards night and exhibition on Thursday, 14 December 2017.

About the Competition

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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