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   -   The Harold Krantz Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing-off (WA)

Lime Street
by Formworks Architecture



Lime Street is located in East Perth, on a space constrained block adjoining railway tracks, a highway and a car park. The seven storey facility provides an innovative new form of continual care for Perth's homeless, where crisis, transitional, long term and aged care accommodation are housed within the same building, and clients move from one accommodation type to the next while remaining part of the same community. To create this community the building is designed around an internal street, with the usual north-south configuration of such buildings turned 90 degrees. In this way, sunlight favours not individual units, but the shared

walkways, courtyards and roof-top gardens where residents like to gather. There are no corridors, with their deadening institutional feel; instead open, sun-lit walkways allow shouted conversations and laughter to float between different parts of the building. Lime Street’s cafe, hairdresser and podiatrist are positioned along the street, while a generously proportioned and secure entry point leads directly onto the internal street. The emphasis here is on safe connections and a sense of community; the aim is to build not an institution, or even a series of dwellings, but to lay the foundations for a socially sustainable “village”.

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Project Team
Design architect: Kelly Rattigan
Project manager: Steve Irvine
Project architect: Tim Bloomfield
: Amanda Christou
: Josh Martin
: Shane Furlonger
: Elliot Coe
: Lindsay Borland
: Meredith Dufour
: Andy Leong
Acoustic consultant: Gabriels
Building surveyor: Ray Scarce
Civil consultant: Aurecon
Cost Consultant: RLB
Electrical consultant: Aurecon
Hydraulic consultant: Aurecon
Landscape consultant: Formworks / Deep Green
Mechanical consultant: Aurecon
Structural consultant: Aurecon
Builder: Northerly Group
Project manager: Appian Group
Photographer: 2013061480
Photographer: Lime Street
Photographer: WA
Photographer: Yes

Photographs by 2013061480, Lime Street, WA & Yes, text by Formworks Architecture

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects