Aaron Pocock ©Completed
In the preliminary design analysis stages, various options of the master layout and housing form were
explored. Options that were tabled included permutations using conventional terrace rows. T...
explored. Options that were tabled included permutations using conventional terrace rows. The
eventual option chosen, however, departed from the terrace typology.
Clusters of four units were arranged not as a linear row, but as a square block divided into quarters, or "quads", thereby giving rise to a design comprising 8 cluster blocks of 3 storey residential building with a basement carpark,
swimming pool and amenities such as children’s wading pool, clubhouse, outdoor timber decks, and
landscaped outdoor areas. Like a conventional terrace house, a quad shares two of its sides with neighbouring units. On the other hand, unlike a terrace house, a quad enjoys an open corner and a compact-rather than long and narrowplan,
enabling generous daylight penetration and views out. as the plan developed, circulation was
shifted to the centre of the cluster block to free up the floor space and periphery. this forms a structural
lift core, from which party walls extend outwards. Each unit is duplicated four times in rotation around
this core, giving rise to the pinwheel plan. Each unit consists of 4 bedrooms, private enclosed space and a sunken courtyard at the basement, two levels of roof terraces including a staircase to the roof top as a viewing platform to the nature reserve. Every bedroom is directly accessible to a private external area which provides an intimate quality to each of the private rooms. A standard feature to every household is the home elevator which stops at
every level within the unit, providing easy access for all in the family.