The demand for settling within the enclosed housing community “Europa”
has stagnated. In order to reverse this decline, the task was to enhance
the attractiveness of its overall living environment. The design brief
included a new layout for the area still vacant within the settlement;
the development of a housing typology, able to anticipate on the inconsistent
real estate market; and suggestions to improve the environment of
the already occupied area.|
When analysing the situation, a consternating observation was the
almost complete lack of nature within the settlement - in opposite
to its splendid natural surrounding.
The design approach is based on interweaving landscape and housing
estate; stimulating a relaxed, informal living environment, consensual
with the adjacent natural qualities.
The existing street profiles have been altered, able to incorporate
landscape features like trees, grass areas and rainwater infiltration
zones; a more natural transition between public and private is suggested.
The urban layout for the vacant area pursues this approach of a landscaped
Small-scale neighbourhoods aim to stimulate communal cohesion; public
park areas and an alley-like space offer places to sojourn; a non-corresponding
street-pattern discourages car traffic.
In addition to the existing catalogue of houses, a range of alternative
housing typologies is developed. As required in the design brief,
they anticipate formally on the existing versions. Its plain design
is based on a modular system, adaptable to individual programmatic
needs, spatial preferences, financial budgets and future additions.