Alarah TownhousesCranbourne VIC Australia
Alarah exists as a highly successful example of medium-density housing that has been delivered at a low cost. This project responded to local and state planning policies that encouraged affordable housing options for first home buyers and workers in the local area. Alarah set a benchmark that responded to a policy encouraging a mix of demographics and greater housing typologies cathereing to the needs to of its local community. Alarah townhouses was awarded AIA and UDIA awards focusing on its quality architectural aesthetic, its responsiveness to context and the way it created a more integrated community and sense of identity.
The Alarah Townhouse development incorporates 22 townhouses, all with vehicle access from a central rear laneway, ensuring that the street frontages are not interrupted by vehicle cross overs and garages. The laneway frontages comprise an enclosed garage, carport and pedestrian entrance, creating an articulated and varied built form. The design initiative was to create medium-density living that promotes inner-city living in an outer suburban context. The pitched roof expression of the townhouses refers to this context with a contemporary, urban style.