It's very easy to assume that Melbourne is only building skyscrapers and high-rise towers in the inner city and low-density detached housing on the fringes. Skyscraper proposals attract headlines across a wide range of media outlets but there's an equally huge story of Melbourne's current development scene that is easily overlooked.
What of the middle ground between skyscraper or sprawl? There are in fact hundreds of small stature apartment projects in Melbourne's suburbs that are easily glossed over.
At the time of writing there are 983 projects listed on the Urban Melbourne Project Database. 208 of those are made up of either 2, 3 or 4 floors and when combined contain over 7,000 dwellings across all phases of the development cycle: that is from planning to construction.
If the search criteria is expanded to include projects up to and including 5 floors, the total number of projects rockets up to 339 with over 12,000 dwellings in play.
The following (long!) list is every low-rise project with either 2, 3 or 4 floors that Urban Melbourne is tracking on within our Project Database. Data Portal subscribers can pull this information directly by exporting the database and filtering through a spreadsheet program like Excel or OpenOffice Calc.
I'm going to let the database do the talking from this point on - so get off your mobile, turn your tablet to portrait layout or jump on a desktop/laptop: here's Melbourne's low-rise high-density story.