Australia’s first replicable, higher-density baugruppen housing development will be delivered at WGV at White Gum Valley thanks to a collaboration with the University of Western Australia.
The Baugruppen process, from the German word meaning “building groups”, allows homebuyers to collectively finance, purchase and construct a multi-unit housing development that is custom-designed to their individual needs.
As many as one in 10 new homes is developed in Germany using this process, which has consistently delivered well-designed, high-quality, adaptable and sustainable housing.
We sought registrations of interest from homebuyers to participate in the Baugruppen Demonstration Project at WGV, and an initial group of building group members has been confirmed.
The successful registrants will now come together to become their own developer and co-operate through the period of project planning and delivery. After construction, the units will be converted to individual ownership, as in a conventional development.
The Baugruppen Demonstration Project will be constructed on a 2,079sqm lot at WGV, with work expected to begin in 2019.
In Western Australia, the baugruppen process has the potential to deliver multi-unit housing that is more affordable, more diverse, more sustainable and supports the establishment of community.
University of Western Australia Professor of Architecture Geoffrey London has played a lead role in exploring and introducing the baugruppen process to the WA market, together with the State Government, local authorities, industry and universities.
As the State Government’s land development agency, we have been pleased to play our part by providing the site for the Baugruppen Project at WGV – WA’s first One Planet Community, which has set new benchmarks in affordable, community-focused, sustainable living.
Working with the University of Western Australia, we will document the process as the Baugruppen Demonstration Project develops, to provide a guide for other groups.
Award-winning Fremantle architect Michael Patroni, of spaceagency, has developed a concept plan for the Baugruppen Demonstration Project at WGV featuring “stacked homes” with no common walls. Single-storey modules accommodate one bedroom, one bedroom plus study, or two-bedroom homes, and double storey modules accommodate three or four-bedroom homes.
A limited number of opportunities remain for homebuyers to take part in the Baugruppen Demonstration Project at WGV.
If you are interested in becoming a building group member, please contact Hayden Groves firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in receiving project updates on the Baugruppen Demonstration Project at WGV, please register here.
Artist impression of Baugruppen at WGV courtyard
Artist's impression of the exterior of the Baugruppen at WGV
Artist's impression of the interior of a Baugruppen at WGV apartment