During the first term we’ve covered two project strategies, the first was to develop housing and a workshop for a caretaker and a family with two children within a site of 8 by 24 metres. The workshop required space for the parent and the caretaker, along with some shared area between the family and the caretaker. After several iterations I’ve created a space that focussed on the circulation around the house and green courtyard space. I began thinking of a corridor that goes across the garden and connects the caretaker’s house, the family home and the workshop. The family house is on one corner and the caretaker’s house and workshop (for both the caretaker and parent) is on the other. The garden is divided into sections forming courtyards which are inspired by the Courtyard Houses by Phippen, Randall and Parkes.
I decided to place my project on a slope to be able to allow sunlight onto the courtyards and housing across the site. This also enabled me to dig under the caretakers studio to create a parking space similar to the one created in the House for Journalist by Figini and Pollini. Finally, as I was looking at the at the apartments in Helsinki by Erkki Kairamo, I saw a curved staircase that led from one balcony to another, this inspired me to create a slide that led from the balcony to the courtyard that is mainly for the family. This connects the ground and first floor and creates a fun feature for the children. This also inspired me to embed stairs within the ground floor corridor enhancing the flexibility of movement across the site, where at both the east and the south entrance there is direct access to the first floor and workshop. The balcony is covered by glass to allow sun into the garden along with prevent flooding from the rain in the ground floor that the stairs lead to. Additionally, I’ve left a metre space between both courtyards to give a sense of a shared garden; yet is enclosed enough to give a sense of privacy.
For the second project I was required to create a site strategy for housing across the Waitrose car park in Brighton, where there is already existing structures on all four sides of the site. My initial thought was the issue with lack of light and how to enable light to penetrate my proposed housing without preventing it from reaching the existing structures. After looking at the work of Neave Brown, terrace housing in Fleet Road, NW3; I was inspired to play around with digging below the site, creating high rise buildings and rooftop balconies.
I moved on to creating collages based on precedents around Brighton to create different layouts and became interested in creating a community village space divided into subsections by different closes, forming pathways and controlling the flow across the site. Additionally, the Spangen Quarter housing by Michiel Brinkman inspired me to use the space within each close as a green community space and shared garden to encourage communication and provide a sense of privacy between each section.
Using a ‘transparent’ buildings concept I experimented with shifting floor levels of each two neighbours to create balcony spaces that allow light to penetrate through them. I also began to investigate in 3D how these houses could fit together across a slope and how they can create pathways, rooftop balconies and shared balcony spaces for different neighbours. This also allowed an increase of light into the houses by having side windows in areas that would normally be blocked by the wall they share with their neighbours.