As the modern city increases in size and population, its pattern of growth often replaces “green” space with buildings. The design solution focuses on the densification of the site by concentrating the built area of the program on one-third of the site while retaining the remainder of the site as green space. The site planning approach of the scheme concentrates the housing units along the Cantonment Road, similar in location to the existing housing block. High-rise towers clustered above the mid-rise housing block reflect the scale and proportion of development throughout the city. This configuration enables two-thirds of the site to remain unbuilt and connect with the adjoining DuxtonPlainPark, engaging existing public space and unifying the existing urban fabric.
This enlarged open space is to be used as garden and recreational space for residents and continues to be accessible to all citizens.
The strength of the design lies in the great variety and individuality of housing units available. There are one- and two-story units, and the tower units offer variety of configurations, views and orientations. One of the major problems with high-density housing is the repetition of elements, which lead to bland and institutional looking designs. A variety of units and shapes represent an attempt to break the mold of traditional housing design, and an opportunity to express the individuality that is inherent within an urban high-rise housing condition.