Drommedaris Phase I
People:JSA ARCHITECTS and URBAN DESIGNERS: Architect
It is not often that a social housing project is recognized as a piece of architecture worthy of merit and the jury debated the merits of this project.
In the end it was felt that the newly completed Drommedaris housing project in Brooklyn merited a citation for a well delivered and balanced social housing project that made all the right moves in prioritising place-making over more formal concerns.
Situated in one of the cities "provisional restructuring zones" (PRZ) and developed by Communicare, the project provides 219 social housing units for rental over four storeys. The main urban design move was to establish an L-shaped perimeter block that creates an internal and private space for the residents. The external edge is animated at ground in response to the surrounding urban fabric and includes a public square, retail, parking and shared play facilities.
The residential units similarly located have small postcard-sized gardens that once again enliven the street edge.
The architecture is restrained and appropriate with a humanising scale and instances of delight such as the extruded balconies that all contribute to what is demonstrably a well and timely received piece of social architecture.
(PrArch - The Cape Institute for Architecture. Vol 13 October 2011)
All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.
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