vanSteen architect
Woven Community (Architecture Selection Philippines 2010).
The underlying idea of the whole concept is the recognition and the human scale of the single-family detached house in combination with the advantages and the building density of the residential building. This idea is literally translated in the architecture. Moreover woven structures and constructions are stronger and more flexible, therefore better suited to withstand natural calamities.

Building pattern
One basic chain in the building pattern consists of 9 interwoven dwellings sharing a communal courtyard, facilitating a protected and shaded meeting place for residents and a playground for children. The ground floor dwellings always consist of 2 levels (2 x 18m2), in case of flooding the second floor gives refuge. The top dwellings are single layered (36m2). Loggias and overhanging structures are created by the interwoven structure, offering the necessary shaded areas. The roofs and roof terraces are covered with greenery for water absorption and cooling.

Infrastructure and public spaces
The woven building pattern creates shaded areas in the street and a transition area between public and private life. The inner courtyards between the building blocks are basically for residents only, but there are several communal playgrounds. Each entrance of the inner courtyard offers 2 parking lots, more parking space is scattered around the location. One-way traffic will help relief the streets of the residential area. The pedestrian areas have the pavement made of porous concrete, placed in a woven pattern, just like the architecture. The main roads are made of porous asphalt. Native trees are planted in the streets, their roots consolidating the ground.

Principle of construction and materialization
The houses are constructed with 4 prefab concrete wall elements that move in and over each other. These wall elements consist of an inner and outer sheet with a hollow cavity for ventilation and to reduce weight and the amount of material used. The (concrete) floors and roofs can either be poured prefab or on site. In order to reduce the cost of transportation the prefab elements can be produced in the unused storage facility situated at the south side of the location, behind the university.

Community facilities
A collective building facilitates communal activities. It consists of a Multi-purpose Hall, School and Day Care Centre, Waste Management Facility and a storage space for goods and emergency rations. The building is made of the same prefab elements as used for the houses. To create larger areas prefab concrete columns are used. Several voids have been incorporated to create height. The building is situated south east of the location next to Paraiso street.

– 280 dwellings a 36m2
–   85 parking slots
– 774 m2 community facilities:
community center (multi purpose hall) 162m2
school and day care centre 432m2
storage space goods and emergency rations
waste management 54m2

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