Northbourne Housing Precinct

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The Northbourne Housing Precinct Representative Sample is of heritage significance for its Post-War International Style (1940-1960) architecture; for its distinctive and innovative planning layout, design and siting; as evidence of a distinctive post-war government policy for the provision of subsidised housing in Canberra; and as the only housing project of its era to use a combination of five building and accommodation types to meet a range of lifestyle and accommodation needs (as compared with what had previously been provided in the blocks of flats of the early 1950s), each of which is included in the Representative Sample.

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Northbourne Housing Precinct Representative Sample, Dickson and Lyneham
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ACT
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The ACT Heritage Council has registered the Northbourne Housing Precinct Representative Sample:

· for its Post-War International Style (1940-1960) architecture, demonstrating key attributes of the style;

· as a rare and notable example of types of public housing

    -as evidence of a distinctive post-war government policy for the provision of subsidised housing in Canberra and for making an important contribution to the understanding of this development phase through its distinctive and innovative planning layout, design and siting;

    -it is rare amongst the public housing flat development projects of post-war Canberra for its highly resolved and consistent application of Post-War International Modernism in its site planning and architectural resolution.

    -it exemplifies a housing project that was the only one of its era to use a combination of five building and accommodation types, including single storey garden flats, two storey paired houses, three storey Maisonettes, three storey blocks of flats and four storey bachelor flats, each of which is included in the Representative Sample.

· for special associations with important figures in the National Capital Development Commission (NCDC);

    -the NCDC recognised a need to provide a range of accommodation types to meet a range of lifestyle and accommodation needs, as compared with what had previously been provided in the blocks of flats of the early 1950s.

    -the original precinct created an innovative and strongly rectilinear composition of buildings and spaces that had not previously been attempted in the capital. The combination of five distinctly different building types and siting arrangements, ‘internal’ service roads, networks of pergolas and pathways and the resultant variety of common open spaces, many of which directly addressed Northbourne Avenue, represented a different approach to medium density public housing in the ACT, all of which are included in the Representative Sample.

· for its importance in demonstrating the post-war period in Canberra.

The representative sample has been selected to conserve examples of each of the five types of buildings demonstrating the spatial relationships between each style.

Heritage ID: 
120
Registration status: 
Registered
Gazettal date: 
Thursday, 19 November 2015