For the final phase of the Cohousing Development project, we were asked to fully develop one area of the preliminary plan, seen below.
For the detail plan, I chose to focus on the space created by the single family attached housing units. The Detail Plan can be seen below.
As you can see from the plan above, the Bocce Court was placed in the formal courtyard created by the single family attached housing units. As mentioned earlier the view from the courtyard to the west is terminated by the arbor structure, which shelters the outdoor fireplace and pizza oven area. This area is designed with movable tables and chairs, ideal for lounging or dining. There are pedestrian lights to illuminate the spaces at night. There are two raised seating planters for bocce spectators and people enjoying the outdoors. As the eye moves east, across the central open space, the feeling gets to be less formal, until you reach the community garden area. At noon, during the solstices and equinoxes, the public art sculpture casts a shadow which lands in the middle of the boulders placed in the design. The tree formation in the community garden area represents the star constellation Canis major. This constellation contains the largest star in the sky, Serrius. The Ancient Egyptians said Serrius could be seen in the sky on the night before the summer solstice, which meant the next day the Nile would rise (this process was the backbone of their agriculture). Because of this, the constellation is positioned to be viewed standing on the boulder receiving the summer solstice shadow. The red line connecting the fruit trees is actually an 18" red fiberglass box, which is illuminated at night. The fruit trees themselves have up lighting so that their effect can be noticed at night, at the time people enjoy the stars. I feel as though this design definitely promotes a sense of community within the development. Finally, as mentioned above, the view from the central courtyard to the east is terminated by the greenhouses and ornamental grasses.