click or scroll to view project

re-Housing: Housing Design Research

reHousing is an international housing conference, exhibition and publication that examined the role of architects in housing design.

  • Project Overview

    Workshop Architecture principal Simon Whibley has been undertaking nationally recognised research into housing design since 2004. He has developed publications, conferences, research reports and prepared designs for innovative housing solutions in multiple contexts.

    From 2004–2006 Simon performed extensive case study analysis as part of a research team examining the implications for housing design of the retiring baby-boomer generation.

    The resulting report, The Ageing of Aquarius: designing new housing solutions for Australia’s baby-boomers, presented a comprehensive design investigation on how housing design could respond to the financial and social needs of ageing Australians.

    This led Simon to initiate and co-convene reHousing, an international housing conference and exhibition that more broadly examined the role of architects in housing design.

    Following the conference Simon co-ordinated, co-edited and wrote for the book reHousing: 24 housing projects, that compiled and summarised the key ideas and projects presented at the conference. The book presented a catalogue of projects and essays, providing framing commentary and project examples that respond to the challenge of Australia’s housing demand.

    Over this period Simon has undertaken project based research developing designs for high and medium density public/private housing models and pre-fabricated housing systems.

  • People

    Research team

    • Simon Whibley
    • Shane Murray
    • Graham Crist
    • Diego Ramirez
    • Louise Wright
    • Antarctica
  • Research outcomes


    • 2011 Antarctica Six-Pack, The Housing Project, Pinup Gallery, Melbourne
    • 2008 Co editor reHousing: 24 Housing Projects
    • 2008 Trojan Houses, reHousing: 24 Housing Projects.
    • 2007 Co-author The Ageing of Aquarius Housing Primer


    • 2011 Antarctica + MHL, Habitat 21 House, Small Project Award, Victorian Architecture Awards
    • 2008 Dandenong Living Places, Victorian Office of Housing. Design Competition 3rd Place
    • 2005 Northbridge Housing Competition entry, Perth, Western Australia, Highly Commended


    • 2006 Co-convenor, Rehousing international housing conference, Melbourne


    • 2006 Co-convenor, Rehousing international housing conference, Melbourne
    • 2006 Retrotypes, Rehousing Exhibition Melbourne Myer and Melbourne Central Link Bridge.

Related projects

Acheson Place, Coburg North

This project revolves around the simple but transformative act of cutting a hole in the middle of a large existing volume.

View project

Fawkner Street House, South Yarra

Explores delicate control of circulation in curating series of visual thresholds that interact and entice occupants to transverse within spaces.

View project

The Seymour Apartments, Armadale

With eleven apartments, a generous retail space and car-stacker, rigorous planning has facilitated modest sized apartments with exceptional amenity.

View project

Mirror Shed, Elwood

Housing bins, bikes, garden supplies and an air conditioning unit, this mirror clad shed visually dissolves, whilst intriguing and confounding the viewer from the street.

View project

Gold St Renovation

A simple spatial concept unites four different uses of one small room; a cupboard, a passage, a laundry, a bathroom.

View project

NGV Summer Pavilion

A helium filled structure lighter than the air it displaces, tethered with weighted tension cables, resting on the courtyard surface.

View project

Diagonal House, North Fitzroy

Innovative add-on opens like a fan towards sun drenched north-facing rear courtyard.

View project

Art House, Richmond

A house / gallery defined by a curated circulation path past an extensive collection of books, artworks and artefacts, punctuated by iconic neighbourhood views.

View project

Bryant Street House, Flemington

Reflecting our client’s fascination with Japanese culture, this house brings authenticity to a Japanese sensibility whilst acknowledging its Australian inner suburban context.

View project