Brunswick Extra Care Housing

  • Location: Manchester
  • Programme: 2007-2008
  • Client: Adactus Consortium
  • Contract Value: ¬£1.1m

With a brief for 60 generous two-bedroom flats on a tight urban site, Arca sought to challenge the standard format of this building type. Usually a stand-alone building on a green plot, Arca inverted the plan to put green space in the heart of the scheme. This enabled the building to properly address the street, sitting on the back of pavement line.

Far from being a faceless corridor, the circulation spaces enjoyed light and views from the green courtyard space. At ground level, the building was made public, with shops, dining and lounge spaces open to visitors – like a hotel lobby, linking all the uses and providing a link to the hub of the building.