S irocco U rban D esign S trategy
Independent Design Project Jonathan Major U nit B reakdown
T enure B reakdown
Urban Living Division of Space
This approach has been influenced by Jan Gehl’s concept of the hierachial division of public to private and city to community in order to strengthen community spirit and give people a sense of ‘belonging’ to a particular space. Private ‘‘The establishment of a social structure and corresponding physical structure with communal spaces at various levels permits movement from small groups and spaces towards larger ones and from the more private to the gradually more public spaces, giving a greater feel of security and a stronger sense of belonging to the areas outside the private residence.’’ (Jan Gehl, Life Between Buildings)
Spaces for the neighbourhood
Spaces for the neighbourhood, community and city have all been created in Sirocco allowing for a mix of people and activities, relationships to be formed and interaction between the various spaces to take place.
Spaces for the community domain
Residential blocks will be mixed tenure and mixed units in order to attract a wide range of people from and encourage interaction. Maisonettes will take up the ground floor as it has been found that people from social or affordable communities feel more comfortable with living in two storey buildings. Apartments will then make up the upper floors. This mixed tenure approach will help create city centre living and provide high density homes for a variety of people.
2 ‘‘Diagram showing a heirarchically organised housing area with private, semi-private, semi-public and public spaces. The clear structure strengthens natural surveillence, helps the inhabitants know which people ‘belong’, and improves the possibility for making group decisions concerning shared problems’’ (Taken from Jan Gehl’s ‘Life Between Buildings’)
Semi-private internal courtyards
Spaces for the City domain
Semi-public pedestrian priority streets Public streets Spaces for the Neighbourhood
Spaces for the Community
Woonerf streets for the Neighbourhood
Spaces for the city
2 ‘Woonerf’ Street
Housing Elevation All of the maisonettes and apartments in the residential blocks will have their own private balcony areas giving them a private outdoor space for them to enjoy. The idea of giving the maisonettes their own small private back gardens was looked at but was dismissed as it would leave very little space for the communal gardens. The private balconys offer an alternative to this strategy.
16m Main roads with moderate traffic lanes, cycle lanes and wide footpaths
14m Pedestrian- priority streets, tree lined with on-street parking and drainage.