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ECONOMIC HOUSING SETTLEMENTS

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


 

 

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).


ECONOMIC HOUSING SETTLEMENT

Location: Thi Qar, Iraq
Consultants: X

 

 

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ECONOMIC HOUSING

Location: Islington, London
Client: Peabody

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The overall accommodation program is broken down and expressed as individual buildings addressing the two street frontages of St John’s Grove and Brookside Road. To Brookside Road, four 1-bed apartments are placed whose ground floor mass continues to St John’s Grove to create a plinth which contains two 2-bed apartments with gardens front and back. Across the plinth then stand two 2-bed maisonettes articulated as individual architectural forms facing St John’s Grove.

Whilst one scheme, the apartments take on the feeling of individual houses. There are no common entries, halls, or stairs. Private outdoor amenity space is generous. Discrete massing permits living spaces to have double or triple aspect. The scheme responds carefully to the streetscape context. Two storeys only to Brookside Road are proposed, reflecting its smaller scale. To St John’s Grove the three tall storey context is adopted, as is the more pronounced architectural formality. The proposed ground floor apartments have generous ceiling heights of 3.125m, increasing daylight penetration and responding to the higher ground floor heights of the Locally Listed houses opposite. In plan, the proposed plinth maintains the adjacent building line. The existing large tree is preserved.

Regarding standards, the apartment layouts met Lifetime Homes, Code for Sustainable Homes 4, and the London Housing Standards. A 2-bed fully wheelchair accessible (Habinteg compliant) ground floor apartment with off-street access and own carport is provided to St John’s Grove. No principal windows face 30 St John’s Grove, or are within 21 m of other property’s windows.

The design is structurally simple and contains no cantilevers. Proposed envelope thicknesses accommodate U-values of ≤ 0.15 W/m²K (Passivhaus standard).

The overall approach of separating architectural volumes as well as street access readily lends itself to flexibility in the plot’s future tenure strategy. The proposed maisonettes would be attractive to the private market for example.


NON-REGULATED HOUSING SETTLEMENTS

Location: Tangier, Morocco
Research: RC12, BPro, University College London

 

 

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The intervention focuses around the Tanger Morora station and the adjacent industrial zone in the east of Tangier which sits between several Non-Regulated Housing (NRH) settlements. The area centres around a flood-afflicted valley with steep surrounding topography. Proposed large scale ‘platforms’ address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at scales larger than the domestic.

The intervention focuses around the Tanger Morora station and the adjacent industrial zone in the east of Tangier which sits between several Non-Regulated Housing (NRH) settlements. The area centres around a flood-afflicted valley with steep surrounding topography. Proposed large scale ‘platforms’ address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at scales larger than the domestic.

The intervention focuses around the Tanger Morora station and the adjacent industrial zone in the east of Tangier which sits between several Non-Regulated Housing (NRH) settlements. 

The area centres around a flood-afflicted valley with steep surrounding topography. Proposed large scale ‘platforms’ address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at scales larger than the domestic.

The intervention focuses around the Tanger Morora station and the adjacent industrial zone in the east of Tangier which sits between several Non-Regulated Housing (NRH) settlements. 

The area centres around a flood-afflicted valley with steep surrounding topography. Proposed large scale ‘platforms’ address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at scales larger than the domestic.

The intervention focuses around the Tanger Morora station and the adjacent industrial zone in the east of Tangier which sits between several Non-Regulated Housing (NRH) settlements. 

The area centres around a flood-afflicted valley with steep surrounding topography. Proposed large scale ‘platforms’ address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at scales larger than the domestic.

The intervention focuses around the Tanger Morora station and the adjacent industrial zone in the east of Tangier which sits between several Non-Regulated Housing (NRH) settlements. 

The area centres around a flood-afflicted valley with steep surrounding topography. Proposed large scale ‘platforms’ address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at scales larger than the domestic.


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