Affordable Housing, ugly, not always it can be chic!
We here at archistudio believe in affordable housing and were approached to do a proposal for the land owner to design 10 typologies for a development of about 60 units in Queenstown. These architectural designs needed to fit within the brief of being creative but on budget. With the outlook over the shot-over river featuring local elements as bagged brick, raw natural products to reflect that ever changing climate. I feel affordable connotation is that of old social housing “government housing”, this just simple isn’t the case. Affordable housing now is sustainable, smart design, good quality materials on budget, warm, are efficient in terms of heating and cooling, and well look half decent. I feel affordable housing can be done with the use of smart construction methods, the reality of what spaces we actually need and the size of those spaces. I personally don’t like the principle of a double garage. The first thing a architect or designer starts with is vehicle access, this most often is a 6x6m box which dictates the road frontage, entry, and the overall situation on site. World wide the use of carports, single or even tandem garaging allows a more useful approach to any affordable housing design. Check them out here.