Diverse Dwellings

Turn strangers into neighbors by diversifying dwelling types in each building.

ABOUT THIS PATTERN



All housing projects balance unit repetition against horizontal and vertical diversity. While there can be a premium associated with designing and constructing a building with more diverse dwelling units than repeated ones, such unique and thoughtful buildings also quickly recover initial costs and increase their long-term value. Social bonds in housing projects are generated through the perceived synergy between proximity, public-ness, and privacy. In contrast to mainstream mid-rise housing where units are entered via an elevator and a corridor meant purely for circulation, traditional midrise housing (such as courtyard housing) designs units to be always entered from a common central courtyard. The courtyard as both a circulation and common space is constantly occupied by residents, fostering neighborly bonds—all as a matter of daily activity. This Pattern includes:

  •      Neighbors by Design
  •      Crack the Stack
  •      Value Exceeds Cost

CONTRIBUTORS

Stefanos Polyzoides

Moule & Polyzoides

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