Housing for social sustainability
Mixing social typologies into housing areas
In this Belgian project we proposed housing typologies that mix and integrate different uses, age groups and social classes to encourages diversity. This social housing project not only provide quality apartments of different sizes, but also include a daycare center and a food bank for people in need. The project becomes a facilitator for the local community also accessible for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.
The building volumes are integrated into the various scales of the neighborhood and accentuate the landscape character in between the buildings. The roofs are turned into terraces where people can grow vegetables, try out urban farming or simply chill out during the summertime. The green area becomes an attraction in itself and an essential part of the livability in the housing, providing a place for social interaction and new communities. Here kids from the daycare center meet the local kids while parents and others find places for picnics along the stream.