Our design response created a typical ‘compact block’ that could be multiplied across the precinct with defined setbacks, solar envelopes and building footprints. The ‘compact block’ complemented a variety of other block types across the precinct that ranged in scale and geometry. The imposed block definition ensures that future developments by other architects and designers will create a positive contribution to the precinct, preserving site deep-root areas, ample outdoor living spaces and eliminate overshadowing onto adjacent blocks.

In response to the ‘ compact block’ parameters, three compact living typologies wave been developed.

The developed typologies were based on the following design principles MA had established:

  • Living areas are spacious and accommodating with northern aspect, cross ventilation and natural light (size, proportion, orientation)
  • The kitchen is efficient and usable, out of view from the living areas to clearly delineate functional separation
  • Bathrooms are usable and efficient, located to double in function as main bathrooms and ensuites, reducing the need for separate facilities
  • Bathroom, kitchen and laundry layouts are modular in design, to be replicated throughout the development providing efficient and well designed wet areas, controlling cost of production.
  • Bedrooms are generously sized with ample storage opportunities, natural light and ventilation- Loft spaces are included where possible as study or third bedroom options
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The proposal extended to include opportunities at a masterplanning scape to improve community open spaces and reduce paved road networks.

Mather Architecture was recently awarded the Alastair Swayn Foundation Strategic Grant to research further opportunities and constraints in respect to compact housing in established and new estate environments.