The architect who is spearheading the Palladian Revival Movement in Australia says he hopes the movement will lead to a return to “home values”.
Peter Molloy is the architect and principal at Kino Architects.
Peter Mollot is one of the architects behind Palladian Revival Architecture’s project in Canberra.
“I think people are frustrated, they are disillusioned, they feel they are not getting anything,” he said.
The Melbourne suburb of Dandenong has a large population of migrants, and has been described by some as Australia’s “mini Sydney”.
In a report published last year, the Victorian Government said that the region’s population growth had been so fast that there were not enough affordable homes to go around.
That was the backdrop to Palladias vision of “home ownership as a right” that is set to change everything about the suburb.
This vision has also sparked interest from the likes of US developer John Hancock and New York-based architecture firm HOK.
Molloy says that while his work is based on Palladiares vision, it has a lot more to do with a more modern approach to home design.
In Melbourne, the first step towards a return is the city council making an official statement to Palladian Architects about their proposal to re-design their former house in the city.
Mr Molloch believes this is a step in the right direction.
He said: “It is a very interesting project.
We are going to be able to look at how that might look, how that would work, how it would impact on the urban landscape.”
“There is a lot of different options for the building itself, but I think the real question is what do you do in a neighbourhood that has been so badly neglected for so long?”
“What you are trying to do is try to change that by creating a new neighbourhood in a way that is not only a good place to live, but that has a very healthy mix of people, a very diverse mix of activities and a vibrant urban culture.”
Mr Kino has designed homes for more than 30 years, including two residences for Australian and Asian families.
I think the city of Melbourne, which is still very much in a state of flux, has a big responsibility to create a vibrant, beautiful, vibrant neighbourhood for the future.
And I think that in the next ten years, there will be a huge amount of people looking for a new, new, vibrant place to come and live in Melbourne.
ABC News: Palladian Homes, a project with Kino, is designed to provide a range of affordable housing, ranging from affordable single family houses in Melbourne’s outer suburbs to luxury detached homes, as well as the city’s most expensive apartments.
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Originally published as Palladists re-think Victorian home design