The pattern and pace of life today is quick and fast and communal traditions and activities that combine and bring together people of different age groups and backgrounds have become less and less common. However, it is this diversity and collective activity that shape us into well-rounded, compassionate, contributing individuals. Thus, this project aims to bring back these communal activities to blur the lines between different demographics and bring them closer together so that they can learn from and interact with one another.
The wooden co-housing is located in Ankara near the landmark observation tower, Atakule, the botanical garden, and portakal cecegi (park). This project aims to allow residents of the complex as well as their neighbors to easily access these green areas in the dense urban environment through bringing down the roads and changing them to tunnels, thus, the roads are given back to pedestrians. This shall encourage walking and physical activity among the residents as well as people working in that area.
80 msq units, 120 msq units, workshop spaces, reading and studying spaces, courtyard, common dining areas, indoor garden.
The wooden co-housing project consists of different rectangular blocks of different sizes to cater for different family sizes and needs and has the ability to expand as the family size grows by simply demolishing the wall.
Every floor has blocks of different sizes to encourage the interaction between different people of different backgrounds and ages. The ground floor apartments near the activity areas have been designated to the elderly, thus, to involve them in activity and to help them stay active and feeling significant to the community. Children also living in this complex will get to interact and learn from not just their school and their video games but also from the cocktail of ages and people co-living with them. Moreover, the residents have the freedom to live either near the communal spaces or away from them in a rather quiet section of the complex.
Architecture, Interior design, landscape
In response to the sun path, the structural grid, the pedestrian paths , and the community connection, different blocks are placed with different qualities to provide a variety of choices within one complex to attract people of different professions, backgrounds, and ages to co-live in this complex.
View from one of the elderly units with a view of the courtyard and the communal spaces.
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