Youth At Risk Launceston


On World Homeless Day (10 October 2021) Tasmanian Housing Minister Michael Ferguson announced that specialised crisis accommodation for youth in Launceston was a step closer. A Planning Application has been lodged for a development that will provide refuge for at-risk youth aged 12 to 15 and sleeping quarters for one support worker. Xsquared Architects is proud of our involvement in this vital community housing project.

The project involves modifications to an existing double storey building and creation of a new extension, and includes a communal kitchen/dining area, lounge spaces, a staff office, meeting rooms, and a gym and recreational room. All public areas are readily accessible on the ground floor, with private amenities and most accommodation located on the upper floor.

Design considerations include:

  • creating a home-like, non-institutional environment
  • ensuring that bedroom configurations are flexible to enable residents to be appropriately accommodated by gender or age as needed
  • enabling residents with disabilities to access all amenities
  • grouping recreational spaces to foster social engagement opportunities
  • ensuring that the dining space is large enough for ‘whole of house’ dining to occur.

Externally, the extension has a simple form, and materials have been selected that do not require painting, thus reducing ongoing maintenance costs for the Department of Communities.

Media coverage of the announcement featured project architect Erin Rockliffe, who was on site to share the design with Minister Ferguson, Department of Communities project manager Stephen Yam, and Youth, Family & Community Connections chief executive Ros Atkinson


Seven Nightly News (view from the 1.13 minute mark)

The development is due for completion by September 2022.