Over the last two decades, immigration to Australian major cities has rapidly increased. Approximately half of Australia’s new residents choose to live in Melbourne, which accommodates an enormous share of ethnically and religiously diverse communities. Conventional apartments fail to accommodate specific cultural values and lifestyles. If we are to maintain our multicultural aspirations, architects must design apartments that honestly reflect the specific cultural values of their residents.
Designing a range of typologies and configurations while avoiding cultural determinism for the users, enabling integration of residents across an entire apartment block allows for rich cultural expression and diversity.