The Victorian Government has released a report following a consultation with the community on what apartments of the future should look like.
With the rise of Gen Y as occupiers, both as renters and owners - they have strong opinions on what their living space should look like and what amenities are required nearby.
The article provides a snapshot of the most popular likes, dislikes and favoured aspects of apartment living.
There was strong support for a minimum apartment size regulation and the need for natural light and ventilation was top of the list. The benefits to apartment living were seen to be lower transport costs and maintenance and being closer to dining & recreation precincts.
At a minimum, the feedback provides suppliers of apartment product with the bare essentials of what is needed to attract future occupiers and the Victorian Government should act on the feedback when making planning decisions.
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 about internal apartment amenity and potential future design guidelines and mechanisms. Daylight was ranked the most important issue regarding apartment living by the wider Victorian community. The community also believed that minimum standards need to be set for daylight access. 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.