Subdividing Suburbia explored an alternative approach to densification of rail corridors, in this case in the suburb of Granville, from highrise development to low two storey small dwellings. Through a proposed mixture of 1-3 bedroom housing we were able to fit approximately 12 dwellings to a an existing single freestanding house. This subdivision required an access lane on each lot. The generic nature of these subdivisions prompted us to envision a pattern book approach to housing design, allowing great variation with a simple planning system. We designed two building designs to illustrate our point but could support any number of pre-approved designs.
It was acknowledged that local and state government assistance would be necessary to aid in the areas densification and therefore a system below was used as a guideline:
We proposed extending the existing mainstreet to follow a neglected creek. Mixed use zoning will activate the streetway and ghatt style steps down the creek will provide seating for the varying water level heights.
Lot lane way perspective
Long section of lane way subdivision.
Site plan of subdivided lots
Perspective from garden.