The national Housing Agency identified a number of Local Authority sites suitable for development of social, affordable and elderly housing. PAC Studio submitted outline proposals for a scheme in Kildare, incorporating 24 elderly housing units and a community room. This shared support facility is located at the entrance to the site, facing the main street in the village.
The housing is set behind the the high street, with remote car-parking a key strategy to allow the creation of shared garden directly outside the dwellings, fostering a sense of community. The dwellings are stacked and offset across two storeys, with deck access. In section, a staggered light-well placed between the external terraces ensures good levels of sunlight to all living spaces and also encourages communication and interaction between residents, combatting feelings of isolation.
Overview of site layout
Image of courtyard gardens