Alyangula Flexible Townhousing

Residential & Community
BHP Gemco

Responding to the changing accommodation needs in the mining sector a new typology of small footprint, detached, flexible 1 and 2 bedroom housing was developed.


At Alyangula, the residential community for the mines of Groote Eylandt, the proposed de-camping of existing poor quality singles accommodation in the town centre released a significant area of land for a new residential typology to be provided.

The new flexible housing typology is aimed at the wide ranging accommodation needs that exist between the 3 or 4 bed family home of the permanent resident, and the weekly, rostered demands of the fly-in-fly-out accommodation.

The typologies are conceived as 1 or 2 bedroom stock set up to provide for singles and couples, but sufficiently robust enough to accommodate contractors, visiting consultants, transitioning residents, and FIFO overflow in a motelling model. This housing precinct is proposed as an accommodation overflow reservoir to meet all conceivable needs in the mid to long term.

The challenges included strategies for prefabrication (to a very remote location accessible only by barge), low energy design, landscape and public realm design and integration. The project also provided an opportunity to reinforce the unique architectural heritage of the town (born in the qualities of the existing stock of high set homes designed in the late 1960’s) as a point of identity and difference for our client in a sector competing fiercely to attract and retain people.

The innovative architectural response establishes an exemplar benchmark for the industry in terms of quality, and add that intangible but highly valued experience of a special sense of place, only offered at Alyangula.