Melbourne is growing rapidly- it’s population is set to double by 2030 and become Australia’s largest city. Globally, our population is not only growing; it is also ageing. Traditional age-specific housing models are no longer successful in supporting our ageing population.
The Multi-Gen Wall is an inner-city, multi-generational community on a BIG scale. Integrating the young & old for the mutual benefit of both parties. With both a housing and a social agenda, the vertical neighbourhood creates points of interaction and collaboration; facilitating the mixing of age groups through a play of private, public and shared spaces.
Within the homes, students and young families can live in a home-share agreement with an aged resident. The aged resident owns the apartment while the young person lives rent free in exchange for company and help around the house. Similar housing models have proved successful in the UK, the Netherlands and Japan in combating isolation issues in old people and housing affordability for young people.
The form was based on typological research into Monasteries as they were the original self-supporting, live-work communities. After conducting a case study on Rila Monastery in Bulgaria, the Wall typology was applied to the problematic Nylex Factory site, in an effort to block out noise and traffic-related air pollution from the Monash Freeway which runs adjacent to the site.
Recombinant City 2.0 / lead by Nicole Allen & John Cunningham / produced in collaboration with Zoe Buchannan/ The University of Melbourne