McCarthy & Stone Competition Entry
Downsizing homes, not lifestyles
Each home is independently accessible, without passing through a centralised reception, reinforcing the development’s sense of belonging to the wider community rather than being a separate institution. Security is achieved through design: the layout of houses, and the position of the integrated community building facilitate natural surveillance.
Each dwelling overlooks the ‘Community Street’; a shared landscaped area at the heart of the scheme. Its layout subtly promotes the human behaviours that facilitate building a sense of community, the incidental, unplanned meetings that give opportunities to form friendships. Pathways link defined areas providing facilities for activities not usually possible in apartment complexes; fire pits, BBQs, raised allotment beds, sun loungers, benches and hard landscaping for physical activities such as yoga and tai chi.
This is a generation who don’t want to be patronised, remaining active and intellectually challenged. Many have a strong attachment to the home where they may have raised a family. This proposal presents an irresistibly attractive alternative for the freedom to enjoy their ‘later-life’.