Our shortlisted proposal tackles many of the problems with today's rental market by proposing a new housing typology, which sits within a new community.
Streets have houses fronting onto them with common civic fronts, creating a sense of place for the development. At the same time, because of the small changes in colour and design, each unit is different, and lets tenants feel ownership of their home. At the rear, a higgledy piggledy elevation, with room for customisation by tenants, overlooks a common garden that residents can use for playspaces and growing vegetables. The approach of using a civic front facade, with a changeable plan behind, maintains a suburban character to the terraced streets, yet allows flexible and “size-blind” units behind.
Within the development everything can be rented off the landlord of the estate, from work-space or street cars, to furniture packages and additional rooms. As part of the tenancy agreement, certain aspects of managing the development, such as street sweeping, are done by residents. Based on the number of hours a resident spends on development management, as well as how long they have rented their property for, they receive a rent reduction.
By arranging the units into blocks of 60 units, roughly 150 residents will use the communal garden, corresponding with Dunbar’s Number for the ideal number of individuals in a community. These communities will have their own social network to distribute unwanted furniture, excess vegetables and arrange events.
Mat Barnes | Eddie Blake | Office S&M