Affordable Courtyard House | Competition

This project investigates a low cost housing typology which is climate sensitive, low maintenance, flexible, modularly expandable and transferable to both suburban and inner city infill contexts. The selected house type [the courtyard house] is commonly used in Mediterranean regions, suited to the Western Australian climate, highly adaptable to different orientations and offers a sense of enclosure and privacy. Affordability is achieved through simplicity in design, materials and construction using a ‘less is more’ approach. The internal organisation of the house provides options for family based use including a number of generations in one house as well as opportunities for shared occupation by friends or tenants. Two adjoining houses can be easily connected which over time offers opportunities for adults to buy and connect the house next to their parents or children. This establishes a type of generational modular expandability and flexibility.