Last week our group visited two case studies of co-housing. What I am interested most is named Mailings, located in Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne.
This community opposites the Toffee Factory across a river. It includes a mix of 76 new homes and a small amount of commercial space. (“The Malings • Ouseburn Development”)
(Figure 1: Mailings from Ouseburn Bridge, taken by Author 2017)
Our group evaluated this case by BfL guideline (Birkbeck and Kruczkowski). According to the diagram, we found some good strategies that we could learn. For example, the Connection, Working with the site and its contexts, Streets for all, and Public and private spaces. Here, I will highlight the Connections and Public and private spaces.
(Figure 2: BfL for Maillings, drawn by Author 2017)
(Figure 3: Evaluation diagram, drawn by Author 2017)
The layout of buildings well connects three main objects near the project: Ouseburn Bridge, the Little Buildings and the riverside. It orients from the riverside to the Little Buildings and shapes a “five fingers” form. It widens maximum of the sight view to the river and narrows the view to the Little Buildings.
(Figure 4: Connections to the surroundings, drawn by Author 2017)
Public and private spaces
It is worthy mentioning a series of gardens in this co-housing community. This involves several private gardens on the ground, enclosing a public garden in a group. Private gardens are separated by different levels of height and wooden fences. Residents create and manage their gardens in different characters. For example, they could design, plant, or relax in their gardens. And they also maintain the public gardens with the service company. It is a good place for them to share and communicate with neighbours. This is beneficial both for individual lifestyles and community interaction.
(Figure 5: Private and public gardens, taken by Author 2017)
This case shows us a high quality community by following three main aims of the city council: working city, decent neighbourhoods and equal city (Newcastle City Council). It not only highly respects and utilizes local contexts, but also creates a co-housing community with harmony atmosphere.
- Birkbeck, David and Stefan Kruczkowski. Building For Life 12: Third Edition. the UK: Design Council org, 2015. Print.
- Newcastle City Council,. Fairer Housing Delivery Plan 2013 – 2016. Newcaslte upon Tyne: N.p., 2013. Print.
- “The Malings • Ouseburn Development”. Ouseburn Development. N.p., 2017. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.