An investigation into new housing typologies has resulted in a series of three main house types, offering volumous, adaptable and well connected living spaces, each prioritising alternative ways for planning and maximising the use of the home. As a blueprint for new developments the three typologies can support a diverse range of semi detached and terraced housing types. To promote flexible living ideas and accessibility, bedrooms are located at ground level, which allows upper levels to be reconfigurable while making better connections between the primary living spaces - kitchen/living room/dining - as well as prioritising views out to the landscape.
Taking reference from the local surroundings, the visual language for the proposed master plan is one of a series of solid structures with carefully placed strips of housing of varying heights that relate to the existing grain of the site. The radial array mimics the lines of the houses opposite while retaining viewing corridors through the site to the landscape beyond. The crescent defines the positions of the larger semi detached units and how they hold the edge of the site and the street, presenting a character of pairs of bays, similar to those found in the buildings in the area.
Materially, the houses speak to the local masonry construction traditions, while relating to the rich textures of the surrounding environment. A solid base in painted blockwork helps to root the buildings. Above the 3m datum - that is drawn across the site - a rough cast render in a mix of cement offers an almost sculpted appearance, which ties in to the striking hilly landscape all around the site.