This 150 home masterplan proposes a new housing model for the remote island of St Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic based on the ethos of self-build and co-operative housing. The proposal creates layers of community space at different scales; from the home to the terrace to the district; strengthening existing social ties and integrating new residents into the local and wider island community.
Arranged as a series of back-to-back terraces across a steep site overlooking the Ocean, the terraces share amenities, crucial on an island with limited resources, and are also provided with shared gardens and allotments.
On an urban scale, the entire development is linked by a pedestrian boulevard with a series of public squares and spaces. A sophisticated but low-tech drainage strategy would help to re-green this barren part of the island, stripped of greenery by successive waves of colonial powers.
The project was a collaboration with Charabanc and won 2nd prize in an international competition run by the St Helena government. We have since been appointed to look at further sites on the island and we will present our ideas to the friends of St Helena later this year.