Hanke on Tram

Location: Doncaster, Melbourne, Australia

The Federal Government’s NDIS program developed the opportunity for housing that allows for people with high complex physical needs with the level of support they require to be able to live as independantly as possible.  Currently, many of these young Australians are contained in aged care facilities.  This highlighted the importance of young people with disabilities being given the opportunity to live as equal citizens in our communities.

Caulfield Krivanek Architecture worked in conjunction with Purposed Housing Australia to design an apartment complex consisting of 8 sole occupancy apartments spread over three levels.  The apartments provide fully accessible high level supported accommodation with electronic doors, windows, curtains, televisions and other facilities as needed.  With the addition of a second bedroom, bathroom and allocated carpark, each resident is given the option of a relative, carer or friend to visit and stay overnight.  The complex also has the ability to provide onsite overnight assistance if required in an emergency.

Completed in early 2021, the official launch took place on May 19th with the Mayor of the City of Manningham, Cr. Andrew Conlon, and the first tenant Wendy, cutting the ribbon.

Media Communications superstar Ron Smith joined Wendy to discuss the joys of living in her new apartment.  Watch the video HERE.

Click HERE to learn more about the project and HERE to watch Robert Caulfield discuss the project in greater detail.


Robert Caulfield