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Northbourne Ave,



Canberra mat housing

Architectural Masters Studio First Year

The Canberra Mat Housing Block is a design idea to test the sense of community and identity. It is created by devolving a tool that works on both the micro and macro scales. The process starts by laying a grid over the site. This grid at the macro level must site into the site bounds, mainly being Northbourne Ave and De Durgh St.  The grid sizing on the micro-level must also consider the unit sizing. Next, the main axis of the complex along with the idea of circulation paths. This attempts to disallow monolith apartment building, favoring a connected community block. Working at the mix of the macro and micro level, the grid is now populated with shades of grey symbolizing unit heights. At the micro-level, general unit sizing and window placement are considered. While this iteration has yielded 52 apartments, this tool allows for scale-ability, either coding taller rise blocks, giving a higher density on-site, or shifting easily to a larger grid for more occupant space.

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