The Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge, organized by Bee Breeders, calls for ideas that try to solve the affordable housing shortage in Sydney. The competition attracted worldwide talent as designers attempted to create innovative solutions. Many of the successful entries offered more than just housing — they designed spaces that would build communities.
Bridging Affordable Housing, the winning entry, intersperses green-roof prefab housing units throughout the city. The project involves “a simple module: a structural bridge pier with decking that contains prefabricated housing units topped by a green roof.” Instead of stacking the units, the team designed the houses above the city’s streets like bridges.
The second prize winner is “Newborn in the Crevice”, which combines housing units with public spaces in a structural grid. The simple vertical arrangement makes the design adaptable to population needs and economic conditions.
The third place project, TOD and Waterfront Housing, envisions “stacked prefabricated units floating within the bays of Sydney.” It creates waterfront housing and commercial spaces and introduces a rail system to reduce dependence on cars.
Finally, The BB Green Award winner was project Water Smart Home Sydney, which aims to sustainably harness energy from several sources, through both passive and active systems. The project authors said they hope their design helps to “…contribute ideas that could bring desirable living within reach of the majority of the population and lift the burden of housing affordability for young people and low-income families.”