Increasing the density and multiplicity of South African low cost and suburban housing is high priority and this proposal from 26’10 South Architects has all the necessary attributes to achieve this in a realistic and affordable fashion – as always it remains to be seen if it can be implemented in the complex politico- social environment of the contemporary South African city

From 26’10 South Architects: “Can we imagine a move towards a dynamic flexibility which can deliver subsidised housing in which the unit becomes an asset leading to income generation?  The housing types proposed for Diepsloot attempt to achieve higher occupational density in order to achieve minimum displacement of residents.

“The design also attempts to enable income generation through accommodating rental rooms, retail and small business enterprise.  In addition ground floors are conceived as flexible spaces accommodating both trade and/or residential use.  Circulation and services are positioned in such a way as to provide for these diverse occupation scenarios.  This allows for economic development over time, especially along busy routes.

“Houses are located close to the street boundary to create a sense of urbanity, surveillance, ease of trading and to limit the amount of unusable space between units.  The increased densities also achieve the necessary thresholds for the efficient provision…

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