International architecture and planning firm Hassell recently won multiple awards and commendations at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. One of the projects recognized was Hassell’s Common Ground housing project in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia. The project was built to provide stable permanent housing solutions for those dealing with chronic homelessness. The building’s design focuses on providing a wonderful blend of efficiency and comfort – both inside and out.

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Hassell delivers social and environmental sustainability in all their designs, and the firm has been well recognized for their do-good intentionality. The Common Ground Sydney housing project in New South Wales is a great example. The World Architecture Festival gave high commendation in the houses category to the 7,160 square-meter development, which was completed in 2011.

The project is targeting a 5 star Green Star rating for design, and it’s designed so that the whole facility has barrier-free access to aid. Hassellworked pro-bono with developer and builder Grocon, before providing a full design service at cost to Housing New South Wales. The “at cost” approach was taken by many of the project’s consultants so that the development could be delivered at a savings of over $1.4 million to the client. The 104 units at Common Ground Sydney are integrated with on-site support services, which are designed to help the residents while they pursue stability in their own lives.

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