Modern spiralling cluster design
The cluster housing design focused on bringing all of these pieces together into a cohesive whole in a new, modern interpretation. A spiralling form partly influenced by the position of the central rocky feature and partly by the shape of the plot came out as the resulting form. The individual cluster units were trapezoidal in shape, wider on the external side and narrower internally to fit the architectural concept. Although identical in shape, through the constant rotation and shifting forwards and backwards in relation to the spiral spine, the repetition was eliminated and an interesting look was created. Walkways on the internal and external sides lead to the houses facilitating easy circulation and connections.
The curved layout provides a modern and different approach to the classical repetitive cluster design with the units lined along strait roads and watching the neighbours' bedrooms in front of them.
Individual views and privacy
To grant all homes a view of the central area, the repeating units were rotated around the central gomo in a spiral form. Using a more ergonomic form that would also adapt better to the rotation and minimise building costs, the homesadopted a trapezoidal form, narrower towards the centre of the property and wider at the back. The houses were also moved forward or backwards in respect to each other to providea level of privacy from the neighbours. The first floor rooms are also cantilevered above the verandas providing added shelter from the rain and sun. Therefore the sitting area on the veranda becomes a covered extension of the living rooms, effectively extending the liveable space outside and bring nature inside.
Open plan living areas
The individual units all have the main living area facing the private yards and central area, while the sleeping area is located upstairs, separating day and night areas and allowing more parallel events. An open plan configuration was designed making each house feel bigger and more modern. Access to all the units is on the kitchen side, giving privacy to the occupants in the living areas from passing pedestrians.