Project Type: Competition
Date: June 2013
Project Value: N/A
An RIBA competition entry undertaken whilst working with Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects.
Michael led a small team to develop a masterplan scheme examining the future of housing in the private rental market; the proposal received an honourable mention during the judging process.
The entry proposed a 'tight-fit' living strategy, exploring new ways to accommodate multi-generational family living within a highly flexible environment in order to promote long-term occupation and the sense of community often lacking in areas with a high proportion of rented properties.
The tight-fit typology arranges generously proportioned core spaces for recreation, cooking, sleeping and washing around a compact circulation route. This maximises the return from the tenant’s basic rent for a dwelling house. Requirements for intermittent spatial or functional expansion are met by a shared hub facility through a micro rental plan or pay-as-you go basis, thus providing flexibility to accommodate short-term changes in circumstance without moving home.