ECONOMIC HOUSING SETTLEMENTS

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Location: Iraq
Clients: Iraq Government, United Nations
Consultants: 
Construction cost: £20M

[ Urban design/Infrastructure/Housing/Educational, Civic, Health and Commercial Buildings ]
[ 1108 ]


 

Winning international competition scheme for the Iraq government and UN-HABITAT (United Nations Agency for Human Settlements). A fully integrated settlement for 3000 people is proposed including schools, markets, health centres, and a variety of green spaces and playing fields. Building designs are low cost, architecturally advanced, use local resources, and have sustainability ratings rivalling western standards. Novel approaches to vehicle parking and circulation allow a safe, fully pedestrian landscaped centre.

SITE DESIGN

This masterplan proposes a safe, convenient, affordable, and beautiful community settlement for 3200 Iraqi people (536 flats). Community facilities are included in the masterplan further to the Ministry’s guidelines on provision: a primary and secondary / intermediate school, kinder-garden / nursery, a souq & administration, mosque, health centre, and cafe’s and restaurants.

Site Area: 11.0 ha
Units: 536
Density: 48.7 flats/ha
Parking: 559
1.04 spaces/flat
Height: 3 storey (4 storey at spine)
Facilities: Primary school
Secondary/Inter. school,
Kindergarten/nursery
Souq & administration
Mosque
Health centre
Cafes

UNIT DESIGN

The housing unit design rises to the competition challenge of providing 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units to standard dimensions, with excellent family layouts, and at very low cost.

Modern western apartments only have perimeter windows and so little privacy to their neighbours. On the other hand, traditional Iraqi courtyard houses have excellent privacy but are difficult to air-condition and day-light (as circulation is to the courtyard) and cannot be stacked. The designs proposed here provide advantages of both types: privacy of outlook to dedicated lightwell gardens and terraces, but centralised circulation for efficient air-conditioning and access to the common vertical stair.

Two building types are proposed: 
Type 01 (no parking)
Type 02 (parking under).

CONSTRUCTION AND finishes

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Location: Dhi Qar, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq
Consultants:
Construction cost: £35M

[ Urban design/Infrastructure/Housing/Educational, Civic, Health and Commercial Buildings ]
[ 1208 ]

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Location: Al Tajeyat, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq
Consultants: 
Construction cost: £65M

[ Urban design/Infrastructure/Housing/Educational, Civic, Health and Commercial Buildings ]
[ 1203 ]

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Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq
Consultants: 

[ Urban design/Infrastructure/Housing ]
[ 1102 ]

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