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Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, used Six Degrees Hawke and King project in West Melbourne on the weekend to announce Victoria’s new apartment design standards.

These include the use of durable materials, more consideration of green, courtyard spaces with deep soil zones and increased natural light requirements. All features which Hawke and King residents benefit from.

New apartment standards aim to boost quality of life. Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced the new design standards saying with the rise in home working, “amenity becomes a really important element” in apartment design.

Under standards outlined on Sunday, the Victorian government will mandate that new apartment blocks with more than 10 dwellings must have access to communal green space.

Apartment buildings taller than five storeys will be required to avoid “wind tunnelling” through sensitive design, and balconies will be eliminated on buildings taller than 40 metres to reduce overshadowing and “windswept” and underused balconies.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the changes reflected the fact people increasingly wanted more from their homes. “It’s essentially an understanding that for many people, their home is not just a sanctuary, it has also been a place where they work for the last 12 months,” he said. “So amenity becomes a really important element in this conversation.”
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