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The Missing Middle Design Competition called on Architects and building designers to showcase their visions for the future of medium density housing in NSW. Designers participated in a competitive design-led process to apply and test the draft Medium Density Housing Code and draft Medium Density Design Guide.

Medium density housing diagram showing a range of dwellings from single dwelling to residential flat buildings.

More than 100 innovative and creative entries were submitted across three medium density housing types – dual occupancy (two dwellings on one lot), multi-dwelling (terraces), and manor houses (two-storey buildings comprising 3-4 dwellings). These housing types are known as the "missing middle” because they provide an alternative housing option, bridging the gap between free-standing houses and apartment buildings.


Judging of the Missing Middle Competition will take place in January and the winning designs announced soon after. Three winners, one from each category, and four runners up will be awarded prizes (two runners up for terraces). Each category winner will win $10,000 and each runner up will win $5,000.


Insights gained from assessment of the competition proposals will help to shape the final Medium Density Design Guide, assisting the NSW Government’s efforts to improve supply, choice and design of these popular housing types.


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The Missing Middle Competition entries

We sincerely thank everyone who has contributed their time and creative energies to the competition and look forward to applying your feedback in the final version of the Medium Density Design Guide.


The winners and runners up will be announced at an event in March, exact date to be confirmed. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Missing Middle Competition please email us at


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Page last updated: 02/03/2017