A suburban condition
The Guildford area and especially the "corner" is a confrontation of the discontinuous urban scales, only crossing by cars, building, places and ways are designed for cars and create a specific suburban condition in term of rhythm, materiality scale, and ownership.
The formal treatment of the limits is massive and paradoxically, more space is "closed", more it is used and practiced, (like in a shopping mall, in a car, in a family houses' community).
The urbanism of the "grid", which devides and serves common and private spaces, creates this suburban condition but does not pose the challenge of the diversification of the urban situations.
A specific way of life should improve this corner area, in term of practices, densities and typologies.
I am living in Guildford...
We believe in an hybrid, mix-used and sustainable block to move from highway to privacy. Indeed, this built "rescreening" of the corner makes it habitable, shared and crossed by multipurpose. A wood scalable module is designed to plan family homes, offices or stores.
...in a share privacy.
This hybrid block is a reversed plot, which develops a private front on an interior and protected garden, and a shared front (access, private road) on the exterior urban context. Big urban equipments close the block, create news public spaces and diversify the ways (railway stop, pedestrian crosses, square, car park...)
This architectural plot is not showy but inserted in its horizontal urban context, moving slowly but sustainably this suburban condition.
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