Housing Minister Jim McGinty has announced the winner of a unique Homeswest competition designed to encourage innovative home design for smaller residential lots.
Mr McGinty said the team of Overman and Zuideveld Pty Ltd (Architects) and J Corp Pty Ltd (Builders) had been awarded an $8,000 first prize in Homeswest's Scope Housing Competition.
"This is the first time that Homeswest has brought together architects and builders to act as teams in a competitive forum," Mr McGinty said.
"Their challenge was to provide innovative, realistic and affordable housing on smaller building lots."
Mr McGinty said the entrants designed six homes on lots ranging from 355 square metres to 371 square metres.
The homes had to cater for young and older families, couples with no children and older couples living alone.
A maximum price of $72,000 was set for building each home.
"The competition's guidelines emphasised low-maintenance designs that allow occupants to pursue busy lifestyles. It also called for innovation in construction materials and techniques, and efficient use of land and energy," Mr McGinty said.
"The competition generated immense interest, with 25 entrants."
Mr McGinty said that the judging panel had commented on the winning team's flexibility in use of floor space and the designation of room use.
"The judges felt the winning layout provided the best flexibility and also used a technique of screening cars to enhance the streetscape," he said.
In addition to the cash prize, the winning team will construct the successful entry at Homeswest's Glen View Estate at Ballajura.
"The competition has helped raise awareness of the need to consider housing design on smaller lot sizes - an essential requirement if we are to halt urban sprawl," Mr McGinty said.
"We must have a variety of housing densities - ranging from the traditional quarter-acre block to much smaller lots."
Mr McGinty said all entries from the competition would be on public display at the Alexander Library from tomorrow.