High-Density FAMILY UNITS

Location: Dhī Qār, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq

[ URBAN DESIGN / INFRASTRUCTURE / HOUSING ]
[ 1208 ]

 

 

Part of the urban and architectural design for a new settlement of 3500 people. Scheme includes: 15 Ha masterplan, designs for all housing types, 4 schools, suq, medical facilities, administration buildings, and all ancillary buildings and structures. 

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.


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