Defence Housing
Enoggera, Qld

JCA 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. 
 
A tight design and building Program was maintained at all stages of the project to ensure the client’s critical milestones were achieved. This resulted in enormous challenges to ensure the design philosophy was maintained and that the uniqueness of the development was not sacrificed at the expense  of time. This success was recognised with a an award in the Queensland Master Builders Association Awards in 2003 and with a commendation in the Institute of Architects, Brisbane Regional awards, 2004.