Setting new benchmarks in ecological and social sustainability in medium-density public housing, Hansen Yuncken were selected to deliver the K2 Apartments project for the Victorian Office of Housing.
The objectives were to minimise greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy consumption, maximise recycled materials and sustainable finishes, and provide healthy homes. To achieve this, Hansen Yuncken partnered with DesignInc to deliver 96 apartments that function as a living system. Four interconnected buildings use passive and active environmental design strategies to maximise daylight access, summer cooling, winter warmth and natural ventilation. A ‘green spine’ of public and private gardens through the site encourages community among residents.
The K2 Sustainable Housing project was dubbed Australia’s most environmentally sustainable public housing by the Victorian Government, winning a range of design and sustainability awards.
2008 RAIA Victorian Architecture Award – Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design
2008 RAIA Victorian Architecture Award – Award for Sustainable Architecture
2008 API Environmental Development Award – Excellence in Property
2007 AIB (National & Victoria Chapter Awards) – Excellence in Residential Construction $10m-$50m