Defence Housing – Australia
JCP were engaged for the the Design and documentation of 69 contemporary houses for Defence Housing Australia, on a new subdivision adjoining Brisbane’s Enoggera Military Barracks. The brief outlined a need for a more sophisticated approach to housing than that previously provided for Military personnel and their families.
Due to the location of the individual allotments and the requirements of DHA, careful design was needed to ensure compliance with the Brisbane City Council’s code for small lot housing was achieved. A variety of house designs evolved in order to respond both sensitively and appropriately to the individual site constraints and to promote unique ‘home’ identities within a cohesive architectural community.
The clients brief was manipulated to create homes in keeping with the Brisbane lifestyle and modern modes of family living, whilst respecting their neighbours in terms of privacy. Design principles were dopted that maximised the environmental potential of the site such as solar orientation, natural ventilation, existing tree retention and views. Impact on the site was kept to a minimum with the adoption of inexpensive light weight construction which is in keeping with the local Brisbane vernacular. Sheet metal, painted FC and blockwork were used to reduce scale and add variety to external facades. Colour palettes were introduced to identify individual homes and maintain continuity within the entire development.