Ample daylight, ventilation and a connection to the courtyards
Levitt Bernstein for Phoenix Community Housing
Contract value: £12.7m
GIA: 4,345 m²
Cost per m²: £2,923
An underused site is transformed to provide 60 affordable homes with extensive communal spaces for older people. It’s sensitively conjoined to an existing housing block to form a horseshoe of two courtyards, encouraging community.
A fish pond, planters and benches encourage residents to relax and socialise. The housing feels very homely and welcoming and shared dining and living space has a cosy domestic scale with plenty of light and exposed cross laminated timber for interest. Homes are mostly accessed via outdoor galleries, all being dual aspect to provide ample daylight, ventilation and a connection to the courtyards and streets. Balconies are enclosed, allowing use all year.