The transitional housing for Kununurra included 35 State and Federally Funded homes located in the new Coolibah Estate development and Lakeside stage 6. The houses are part of a program administered by Wunan and Community Housing Inc to facilitate aboriginal family ownership of new housing through subsidised loans and support programs.
Following the successful completion of stage 1 and 2 Homeswest Housing we conducted interviews with occupants and recorded patterns of inhabitation. The knowledge developed from this research assisted the design of the third and final stage. We developed numerous plan types exploring diversity and flexibility for inhabitation, the entire iph studio speculated on different ways of achieving flexibility. Each design sought to encourage and allow families to complete and personalise their home.
Recent interviews and observations confirm the success of this approach.