Community Dwellings

Proposals for a sustainable community housing development in Suffolk. The site is within the grounds of a country estate on the outskirts of a small town. A masterplan of new build low density housing together with community facilities converted from existing steel framed agricultural buildings, is organised around planting, natural ponds and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). Key to the design strategy were site orientation and relationships with the existing context. An existing network of cycleways, bridalways and footpaths were prioritised over vehicular access routes, reinforcing a sense of cummunity, natural surveillence and human scale.  Each dwelling was designed to have a South West facing private courtyard, communal planting and seating to the public facing elevations. Precedents were drawn from regional modernist housing developments and research into the public realm.