Get the most from the least: housing project helps promote higher living standards
The design of D-Houses aims at improving the poor environmental conditions within the low-income social communities in Turkey, and creating sustainable, convenient living spaces.
In this context, the design provides shelter that is compatible with the needs of the clientele; where the key elements of this cheerful environment are less energy consumption, less carbon emission, and fewer building and maintenance costs. The innovative planning and flexible use of the residences enables to achieve the highest level of physical and visual utilization from the lowest used area.
The complex benefits from dense horizontal composition encouraging family and community relations. Accordingly, the houses include three different plan types based on the size of the families. The closed, semi-open and open terraces, inter-connected plazas and the streets which are formed by the horizontal/vertical and solid/void repetition of three modules (one, two and three-bedroom) created by the multiplication of a single 15,21 sq m cell; transform into interfaces for communication. These rendezvous points attract the inhabitants and provide social interaction and synergy. With the inner and outer space structure, a sense of ownership and unity is achieved and a surprising, enhanced and self-sufficient habitat is created. All together, the design breaks the accustomed physical and social norms for public housing in Turkey and brings a unique, urban and social definition to the concept.