This piece explores a sample of housing with more than one face and use. With current policy seeking adaptability in the design of new housing we look at examples allowing potential for the home to accommodate change and different uses in a number of ways. Illustrated by mapping, photography and scale drawings, our aim is to show the linkage between design of the house and the place of which it forms a part.
Such housing can provide longer-term value and mixed use neighbourhoods, allowing lifestyle changes to be accommodated, more sustainable working patterns and less reliance on the car.
Here we illustrate built examples where architects and urban designers have sought to reconcile contemporary living with the wider roles and functions of the individual house that are integral to placemaking.
Part of the Key Placemaking Issues: Housing series of articles and documents.