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Converting vacant CBD offices into apartments could create up to 12,000 Melbourne homes.
“Ripe for adaptive re-use”: Hassell’s latest Office to Home research, conducted on behalf of the Property Council of Australia in partnership with Ethos Urban, has identified 86 vacant Melbourne CBD buildings that could be converted into 10−12,000 new homes for 20,000 people.
From WFH to living in the office: How office conversions could unlock more housing
There are growing calls to transform empty older office buildings in city centres into apartment buildings to help alleviate Australia’s rental crisis and broader housing challenges. Fresh research — conducted by Hassell for the Property Council of Australia — has identified 86 office buildings in Melbourne’s CBD that could be repurposed into housing, potentially delivering up to 12,000 new homes. Hassell principal architect Ingrid Bakker, who led the research, said the potential solution to reactivate the city offered a sustainable perspective for the future. “There’s a bit of a radical rethink that needs to happen around looking at these buildings that obviously aren’t performing very well because a lot of them are empty,” Ms Bakker said. Read the article in RealEstate.com.au
Designing more sustainable homes
Hassell senior associate Razvan Ghilic-Micu joined a recent panel discussion entitled Making Sustainability a Reality: Future-fitting Homes with Eco-Conscious Design, offering insights on the timeless elements that add up to crafting long-lasting homes. Read more in Tatler Asia.