The Victorian community has voiced its thoughts on how to improve the internal design and amenity of new apartments in a new Victorian Government report.
The Better Apartments Public Engagement Report tables feedback to a discussion paper released in mid-2015, which invited comments from the community, local government and industry about internal apartment amenity and potential future design guidelines and mechanisms.
Participants revealed the issues they believed affected apartment amenity the most, with major concerns including daylight, space, natural ventilation, noise, energy resources and outdoor space.
Daylight was ranked the most important issue regarding apartment living by the wider Victorian community, with the general view being that respondents believe daylight has a direct effect on health and wellbeing.
The community also believed that minimum standards need to be set for daylight access.
In general, residents believed that if there were to be changes and regulations put in place it needs to be consistent and state-wide. This would help address existing inconsistencies in decision-making as everyone would be required to follow the same guidelines.
Likes & Dislikes
Respondents went on to discuss what they liked and disliked in general about apartment living in Victoria.
The most liked aspects included lower transport costs (56%), lower maintenance (55%) and being close to dining, recreation, sport and/or entertainment (54%) and with limited storage space (63%), noise (41%) and apartment living being the only option as other housing types unaffordable (28%) as the aspects people liked the least.
View the full Victorian State Government’s Better Apartments Public Engagement report here.