NSW Government Architect Office – Sydney, Australia
Strategy, Delivery

Run by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and the NSW Government Architect Office (GANSW), The Missing Middle Design Competition called upon architects and building designers to showcase their visions for the future of housing in NSW. The Missing Middle sought high-quality, innovative design solutions for low-rise medium density housing in three categories: terraces, dual occupancies and manor homes. These housing types are known as “the missing middle” because they provide an alternative housing option for residents that bridges the gap between free-standing houses and apartment buildings. Terraces are undersupplied within the NSW housing market, despite their popularity and versatility for different lifestyles and household structures.

Left Bank Co. were appointed as Competition Registrar and Advisor for the Missing Middle Competition, with the role of supporting the advocacy for design excellence by helping develop and structure the Competition, overseeing the competition process, and ensuring it was conducted fairly, equitably and with integrity. Our role was also to maintain probity and ensure the anonymity of entries throughout the Competition, handling and managing the entries, the evaluation and Jury process, and coordinating with the Government Architect Office on the preparation, delivery and results of the Competition.

The purpose of holding this competition was to promote, test and improve the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Medium Density Design Guide, with the winning entries evaluated on their compliance with and innovation in using the draft guides. The winning entrants were announced in April 2017.

Find out more about the competition and the winners here.