Issue 06 – The New Suburban Dream

Architect Dominic Glamuzina

We’re rethinking suburbia, and in our latest issue architects lead the discussion. Photo Sam Hartnett.

Our predominant housing types reflect an historic preference for the detached single-family dwelling, but the kiwi dream is not a good fit with the diversity of people and households we now have in our communities, and no longer a very affordable or sustainable land development model.

Architects write about reinventing historic models; the challenges and merits of the duplex; building on smaller lots in more careful and crafted ways; using multi-storey to advantage for flexibility of occupancy and greater density; and how to build for lower running and maintenance costs.

Andrea Stevens, editor

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“This project provided an opportunity to reclaim the front yard as a living space by making a denser floor plan at the back of the site, with more compact and private urban courts within the new footprint. It borrows concepts from the existing context but crosses them with a contemporary plan to stitch the site together and create more usable space.” Architect Dominic Glamuzina.



“With less land, we needed to consider each and every square metre. Therefore, the strips of land along the side boundaries can’t be dead space, they need to be used to advantage for light access and to increase the sense of size.” Architect Rob Kennon.






The latest thinking on suburban house design from leading architects.

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