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Design Outcome

​​​​​The design of the outdoor space is as important as the building. It helps to meet people’s fundamental expectation to be able to enjoy the outside environment. The arrangement and quality of the spaces will have a significant impact on residents and neighbours.

Good design is about getting the maximum value and enjoyment from these spaces, and designing them for a wide range of uses. As sites get smaller, the quality of outdoor spaces is even more important.

Well designed outdoor spaces significantly enhance apartment developments, are highly valued by residents and should be provided for all dwellings.

Outdoor space mitigates the effects of living in smaller dwellings and improves the overall liveability of a development. Outdoor spaces provide areas for children and young people to play, and help to foster a sense of identity amongst residents.

Outdoor space may be public (accessible to members of the general public), communal (shared by residents) or private (associated with a single apartment for the exclusive use of the occupants).

This section provides guidance on the design of outdoor spaces, and the functions and qualities they should have.

Better Design Practice

Rules of Thumb

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