Offering a challenge to the original development masterplan, which was based on courtyard blocks with parking in the centre, this competition-winning layout introduced an additional pedestrian street into this Cambridge housing scheme. Containing subtle and sophisticated outdoor space in every grade from private to public, the street is where children are able to play under the gaze of parents and neighbours. This element is an impressive display of shared living that has become a symbol of the cohousing project.
Parking on the perimeter of the plot has liberated the central areas for more shared community space. Housing and communal facilities (the Common House) are able to face into these well-landscaped spaces, and they provide a convincing heart to the new community.
This event is part of our Great British Buildings series of talks and tours around the country.