Redefining City Living: Plus Architecture Pioneers Innovative Housing Solutions for South East Queensland

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South East Queensland is set to undergo a significant transformation in response to a projected population growth of 2 million people over the next two decades. Projections indicate that the population will reach 6 million by 2046, necessitating the creation of 863,600 new homes. In response to this demand, Plus Architecture is taking a leading role in reimagining the state’s approach to residential development.

Chrisney Formosa, Principal at Plus Architecture, emphasizes the unsustainability of the traditional approach to urban development, characterized by low-density, single-storey, detached houses with backyards. Formosa highlights the need to adapt to Queensland’s rapidly changing demographics.

“Queensland’s population is not only growing but also changing, with household sizes, demographics and lifestyle trends shifting. As architects, we need to work with the wider construction industry, alongside policymakers, to reformulate the idea of what city-living looks like now and in the future.”

A key aspect of this reimagining involves prioritizing the development of medium-density housing that integrates seamlessly into existing inner-city neighbourhoods.

“Through identifying appropriate in-fill sites, we can devise targeted, medium-density housing solutions that cater to the contemporary and diverse demands of people living in Australia today – whether they be students, young professionals, families or downsizers.”

Chrisney Formosa Principal at Plus Architecture  (Image: Tyler Alberti)
Chrisney Formosa Principal at Plus Architecture (Image: Tyler Alberti)

This approach, while meeting housing demand, also aims to enable investment and improvements to existing services and infrastructure, minimizing urban sprawl and preserving natural landscapes. Plus Architecture has recently collaborated on the design of two low-scale, medium-density townhouse projects on infill sites, exemplifying innovative and targeted housing solutions for Queensland.

Formosa says that the two projects on the Gold Coast, both exemplify the kind of innovative, targeted housing solutions Queensland needs.

“With smaller land footprints, these 2-3 storey developments have cleverly programmed floor plans that enable residents to live comfortably and efficiently, whilst enjoying access to amenities that cater to their lifestyle expectations.”

“With such a diverse spectrum of buyers now, from young professionals to down-sizers, we’re seeing increased demand for greater access to amenity and communal spaces. The result of working people leading busier lives than ever before, and retirees seeking an easier life – convenience is clearly key.”

The projects, namely Ascot Row in Ascot, Northeast Brisbane, and Capri Villas on the Isle of Capri on the Gold Coast, showcase the diversity of housing options. Ascot Row, designed for Holm Developments, targets young professionals and families with its 14 townhouses featuring cleverly programmed floor plans, pitched roof designs inspired by heritage Queenslander homes, and amenities including a central boulevard, private courtyards, and an exclusive pool and leisure space.

Ascot Row Streetscape Architectural Render, by Holm Developments,
Ascot Row Streetscape Architectural Render

Similarly, the 48 villas at Capri Villas designed for Monaco Property Group on the Isle of Capri, cater to a range of residents, featuring communal amenities like a central swimming pool, coastal gardens, shaded cabanas, and an opulent indoor lounge. Set for construction in 2024, the already award-winning project has captured buyers that are looking for well designed and appointed, medium rise, affordable housing solutions in lifestyle areas.

Both projects prioritize privacy, connectivity with the outdoors, and access to communal spaces, reflecting the changing demands of today’s diverse spectrum of buyers.

Capri Villas Streetscape Architectural Render, Gold Coast
Capri Villas Streetscape Architectural Render

As the demand for well-connected, inner-city housing grows, Formosa sees an opportunity for innovation and creativity in tailoring each development to the needs of its intended residents. Moving away from the extremes of low-density sprawl and high-density tower blocks, Plus Architecture aims to address the ‘missing middle’ with a focus on good design and value management.

The strategy not only meets housing demand but also creates more opportunities for young people and empty nesters to stay within their local communities, thanks to more affordable housing options and suitable downsizing opportunities. Formosa acknowledges that this shift in approach requires collaboration and cross-sector cooperation to effectively deliver the vital housing choices.

“As inflation, interest rates and construction costs continue to rise, it’s critical that our industry and government continue to have robust conversations around demand demographics, market expectations and economic positioning. Only through coming together and collaborating will we be able to effectively deliver a sustainable and diverse supply-chain of quality, well-designed homes.”

Plus Architecture, through projects like Ascot Row and Capri Villas, is at the forefront of diversifying the housing stock across South East Queensland. The firm’s portfolio includes detailed designs for two 4-storey boutique apartment developments in Burleigh Heads (Lume) and the Gold Coast (SANA), showcasing ongoing commitment to innovation and quality in medium-density residential projects.

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