Social Housing Development Marabastad

Architectural Principles


Site Specific Principles

  • Internal road network defines fine grain of city grid
  • Integration and definition of green spaces
  • Distribution of community facilities located along central spine at intersections and activity nodes
  • Building footprint defines and reinforces external spaces

Architectural Principles

  • Hierarchy of space
  • Location of community facilities (visible, accessible, encourage interaction, reinforce internal street as activity spine.
  • Centrally located parking courts, linkage with enclosed green court yards.

Promote: Defensible space, individual identity, residential character, livability, multi-purpose spaces, community facilities and relevant needs

Residential Units

  • Functional living units
  • Variation of accommodation and size
  • Variation of building module & heights
  • Variation of materials, texture & colour
  • Optimize orientation
  • Robust materials

Traditional construction methods

Energy Efficiencies

  • Passive solar heating
  • Roof shading overhangs
  • Insulation
  • Energy saving appliances
  • Solar hot water heating
  • Gas backup energy
  • Hot water space heating
  • Heat storage