The boom of Sydney’s property market in recent years has created a lifestyle of unaffordability and land disparity. What is traditionally seen in suburban Sydney’s evolution of the household is a clear misuse of space. The implementation of a system of parasites to a suburban neighbourhood can address the shortcomings of Sydney’s housing. By physically combining the lots within a neighbourhood, new housing and housing conditions emerge as nomads have physical connections to surrounding spaces and programs. The system encourages diversity, not relying on the creation of new developments but utilising existing spaces within existing dwellings.

The parasitic typologies that will be discussed are parasitic systems that can be applied to any lot within Sydney, with the connections varying between living conditions. The parasites are designed to be concealed and be deceptive to the human eye, they are hidden yet exist. To achieve greater density, diversity and  proper use of the space, existing space within houses become physically linked to neIghbouring properties to expand and contract the floor space,  creating a diverse range of housing that is manifested from the size and needs of the family unit. The parasite becomes a physical connection. 

The parasitic connections increase the opportunity of expansion and contraction as residents need change. In this situation, families and individuals can adjust their dwelling options based on the evolution of typologies, feeding off neighbouring properties to adjust living arrangements. A young couple can acquire additional space with the birth of a child, and the elderly widow can lease her entire second floor to the family of five who had just moved in.

The pink represents the existing and the blue represents the parasite.

In collaboration with Wally Stanton and Chrishani Thayaparan

Project Year // 2013

Studio // Sydney’s Domestic Dreams: The Common Behind the Bubble   

Studio Tutor // ‎Urtzi Grau


Parasitic Typologies and Strategies.