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Where and how we live is often determined by the spaces that create our home, the environmental elements that influence where and how these spaces are formed and the community in which it is part. The design of residential buildings is important at all scales – for our cities, towns, suburbs and neighbourhoods.

Hames Sharley’s approach to residential projects is informed, responsive and place-based design that aspires to create exemplar places to live and belong. Place-based design ensures a contextual response to often complex and challenging sites. Understanding the local context is critical in creating residential design that responds to social, economic and environmental factors as well as the physical nature of the site and its surroundings. We believe in enhancing the way people live by capturing the spirit of the surroundings and incorporating it into a final product where quality and output is at the forefront. By taking this approach, the buildings we design maximise the most positive attributes of the context and challenge its constraints, creating an outcome that intends to deliver beyond the brief.


  • Master Planning – creating the vision
  • Urban Design – chaping the built environment
  • Residential Architecture – implementing the vision, imparting knowledge, adding value

For nearly four decades, our practice has designed and delivered a variety of award-winning residential projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. The types of housing developments we specialise in include:

  • Subdivision, master planning and urban design of residential communities
  • Low to high density multi residential apartments
  • Mixed-use buildings incorporating residential, retail and commercial facilities
  • Affordable housing
  • Student housing