Can cheap apartments foster a sense of identity and belonging? Can one experience novelty and affordability at the same time? I imagined a community focused, pedestrian centric complex on the site of Oak Pointe Apartments, about a quarter mile from the Candler Park MARTA station. I attempted to mimic the accidental dynamism of Italian hill town streets while regularizing building footprints. This method encourages neighbor interactions and explorations while enveloping the site in a semi permeable membrane that interacts with the neighborhood while providing privacy and shelter within.
The green building in the middle has an open area for picnic benches and other shared amenities. The red marks are arches, demarkating the border of the complex.
How the apartments are currently arranged. Neighbors seldom speak to one another as parking and car lanes eat away at the places residents can gather.