This housing development for Cork County Council is configured in an outward-looking arrangement which addresses adjoining public facilities while also presenting itself as a distinct element, giving this new community a sense of unity and place.
The scheme of 49 low-energy homes comprises three distinct clusters, each arranged in a pinwheel form. This strategy allows the units to front onto boundaries and to address green open spaces, the adjacent school to the West and the GAA sports grounds to the East.
The pinwheel form is emphasised and characterised by the corner gable houses while terraces in between are limited in size to achieve a more pleasant sense of scale. The distinctive gable house and row houses are flexible to adapt to the housing mix requirements, which gives a subtle sense of diversity without disrupting the whole. All the houses are the same yet different. This in turn reinforces the individual within the whole.
The clusters slide past each other to form two opposing green spaces which are linked by a paved pedestrian street which allows residents to meet and exchange at the centre of the community.