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The Missing Middle and Award Winning Houses

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Can we spark innovation and influence the arrangement of landscape, open space and off-street parking to create better neighbourhoods?

Can we strengthen communities and foster social interaction through designs that embrace shared facilities as well as providing quality private space?

Dr Damian Madigan and Max Pritchard are guests of City of Holdfast Bay and the RAIA’s Architecture on Show speaker series whose work focuses on these questions while achieving good design outcomes.

Damian Madigan

Dr Damian Madigan is an architect and UniSA academic working across alternative models of infill housing development. Through this work, Damian demonstrates that even suburbs with heritage and character overlays - traditionally thought of as inflexible and incapable of strategic change - can provide greater housing choice and numbers as our cities design strategies that respond to our pressing demographic shifts.

“The work I do looks at exploiting the gaps between existing houses, then the challenge is how you create liveable spaces within those zones that traditionally are leftover spaces we give over to cars.”

Madigan Architecture and the University of South Australia won the Manor House category in the national Missing Middle Design Competition
The competition, announced in 2017, was part of the NSW government’s push to have certain medium density housing typologies as complying development in low density residential zones. Competition entrants were asked to design high quality housing that would meet the requirements of the draft Medium Density Housing Code and draft Medium Density Design Guide.
His speculative infill housing scheme Established Manors was described by the jury as
"An innovative, practical and ethical idea to make clever additions and alterations to two existing houses that makes four houses from two. The arrangement and variety of housing types within the four houses allows for flexible intergenerational living.

Max Pritchard

Max received the coveted RAIA's Enduring Architecture Award this year for his Pritchard House built in 1990. The project, pictured received an Australian Institute of Architects (Residential) Commendation in 1992 and is now recognised as a Local Heritage Place within the City of Holdfast Bay. The Pritchard House retains its clarity of form and sense of modernity, which is a testament to the enduring quality of the original architecture.

'Max Pritchard's work has been consistently recognised by his peers, having received many RAIA Merit and Commendation awards, and by interstate and overseas architecture critics and commentators. The essence of his work is that it is as much about the pursuit of good outcomes as the pursuit of good architecture. His houses can be the best examples of architectural excellence as well as affordable solutions for clients simply seeking more than the mainstream offerings of the housing industry. His approach embodies an empathy and humility which in the eyes of the wider community is seen as lacking in our profession.'

Extract from citation by Francesco Bonato, President SA Chapter Royal Australian Institute of Architects - on awarding of the President's Medal 2004

Caroline Chapman

Caroline is a strategic planner for the CIty of Holdfast Bay and will introduce the topic on housing diversity and the challenges planners contemplate to provide adequate housing.

Architecture on Show

AOS is an initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects. The architect speaker series aims to promote opportunity for better spaces and places through greater community connection and clearer understanding of the design profession.


Image:Pritchard House,1990 by Max Pritchard. Photograph by Sam Noonan

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