Very Social Housing
LETH & GORI’s and Bessards Studio’s proposal for a new type of non-profit housing in Copenhagen focuses on creating a robust framework for the individual lives of the inhabitants and for community between the inhabitants.Vision
In addition the vision focuses on the strong connection between the project and the city and the potential to cultivate this connection in a way where the inhabitants and the city benefit from each other. We are interested in shifts in the hierarchy between the private and the public sphere and the potential these shifts have to create life and interaction.
’A city is a human settlement in which strangers are likely to meet’
The feeling of community and togetherness is an important factor in the success of a housing complex. If you are happy with the place you live and have a good relationship with your neighbours you are also more careful when it comes to looking after common spaces and living areas. Less resource spent on maintenance means more resources to spend on qualitative additions to the place or lower rent.
Living in a city means living with other people. We share streets, alleys, plazas, parks, courtyards, stairwells and roof terraces. To live in the city requires tolerance and the ability to share space. As part of everyday life we experience a series of negotiations with our surroundings. From the public spaces of the city to the private sphere where the individual family members have their own seat at the dinner table. The focus on togetherness is important because it promote the notion that the city only exists as the sum of all its inhabitants and it is our responsibility as inhabitants to create the city we want.
Homeliness is a fluid quality that doesn’t only belong to the individual home but can flow into the semi-private and semi-public spaces of a housing area. For this reason the project focuses on providing a spacial transition between inside and outside – between private and public. The individual flats have folding doors and balconies that enable the inhabitants to open op the flat to the city and at the same time exposing the private realm. In this way the project interprets home as a zone which doesn’t only include the spaces of the individual flat but stretches into the city including the stairwell, or even the local café. Home is a series of parallel spatial intervals sliding in scale from the city to the individual flat and visa versa establishing architectural connections between the body, space and city.
Non- profit housing/ Subsidised Housing
As the capital and biggest city in Denmark Copenhagen has been at the forefront of the development from the beginning and many housing projects with great architectural qualities have been built here within the framework of non-profit housing. The migration to Copenhagen as an urban area is relatively constant and every month around one thousand new citizens arrive making it necessary for the city authorities to constantly focus on developing the city to accommodate the new inhabitants. At the moment the largest development areas in Copenhagen are the North Harbour and the Carlsberg area.
Project: Very Social Housing Year: 2013 Type: Development project Programme: Non profit housing Architects: LETH & GORI + Bessards’ Studio Consultants: Buro Happold Status: Idea