WHAT Bassett Creek Cohousing MIGHT LOOK LIKE

Possible cohousing design features. As of October 2017 Bassett Creek Cohousing has not built any housing and has not decided on a site or a design. Tho we have a preliminary design. Below are images of built cohousing communities from which we might draw design inspiration.

Cohousing communities vary in density depending on the size of the site while still having 20-30 units. This greatly effects possible designs. Layouts vary from:
1) On 2+ acres. Townhouse-like ("turned inside out" - cars on the edge) on sites with enough land. These are most common in the US.
2) On .5 acres or less. Apartment buildings ( with double-loaded corridors - apartments on both sides of hallway ) typically with with common space on the first floor. Some have significanly enlarged hallways with features to make them more social.

An in between density layout can be achieved on about 1 acre in a couple different ways.
3) Stacked single level flats with single-loaded corridor - only has rooms on one side) overlooking coutyard. An elevator may serve all corridors.
4) Units off an atrium, also known as a glass covered street or around a smaller courtyard. Of course there are variations of these. Some designs combine apartment style with some townhouse like units, for example.

(click on images for larger view)

Jamaica Plain Cohousing, Boston, Massachusetts is and example of type 3). It has all units on 3 levels around a modest court yard. All units face the courtyard (no internal hallway). Instead they are connected with a walkway above and overlooking the courtyard. There is an elevator in the common house so the walkways at all levels make all units wheelchair visitable.

Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain Cohousing, aerial view.
Red line is approximate site boundary, green line is bike path
Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain Cohousing, closer aerial view. Note that this is looking South.
Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain Cohousing. Looking SW.
Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain

Two Canadian communities with glass covered streets - type 4) are --
Pacific Gardens and Windsong

Pacific Gardens aerial view
Pacific Gardens, aerial view. Note the very large skylights that implement the glass covered street.
Pacific Gardens
Pacific Gardens
Pacific Gardens atrium
Pacific Gardens atrium
Pacific Gardens
Pacific Gardens

Windsong's glass covered street has even more exposure.

Windsong aerial view
Windsong aerial view
Windsong
Windsong
Windsong
Windsong
Windsong
Windsong