Street layout

Based on your ideas for Streets Without Cars, we’ve arrived at the following key programme zones. We have deliberately related the zoning terminology to the rooms of a house, rather than the areas of a park, as we see Drummond Street first and foremost as an extension of its residents’ homes. It is also an extension of the idea of the living street, touched on previously here, where the street is designed for pedestrian use first and car / bicycle traffic second.

  • Front doors
  • Living
  • Meals
  • Retreat
  • Playroom
  • Sandpit
  • Orchard
  • Vegetable patch
  • Corridor
  • Storage

We have distributed these “rooms” across the site according to questions of access, relationships to existing trees, positions of side streets, and relationships between one another. For instance:

  • The meals area is at the heart of the street, central to all other activities that revolve around it.
  • The living room and playroom are located either side of this heart so they combine to form one continuous living zone.
  • The retreat is nestled between the mature trees at the south end of the site.
  • The corridor, which takes bicycle and car traffic, is located to the west edge of the site, where it connects with northbound lanes at either end.
  • Storage for bicycles is located at the ends of the street, adjacent to the front doors, to make access as easy as possible.
  • The vegetable patch is stretched out across the full length of the site so it is directly accessible by all residents.

20140210 bubble diagram

What do you think of this layout? Does it make sense? Have we missed an exciting opportunity for a relationship between rooms? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Image source:

  1. Bubble diagram. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.

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