London based practice Henley Halebrown Rorrison’s (HHbR) have unveiled a scheme for affordable housing based on a model inspired by Andrea Palladio's Villa Capra (1566-1571) near Vicenza. The Pocket Rotunda model hinges around their developer’s ambition to offer new two-bedroom accommodation that will help open up home ownership to couples with young children, joint buyers, and single parent families who earn too much to qualify for social housing but are, nevertheless, priced out of the UK market. Their simple ambition is to create housing that is "light, spacious and comprised of well-sized, distinct rooms." This is underpinned by "a desire to support an architecture that recognises the importance of community and has within it some shared space for residents to enjoy." According to the architects, "the Pocket Rotunda plan shares the biaxial symmetry of Palladio’s celebrated villa. It plays down the more functional aspects of domestic space – the kitchen, bathroom and storage – to create an enfilade of spaces, the intention being that residents enjoy the simple generosity and flexibility of this apartment. The kitchen, like the bathroom and storage, is withdrawn to be a ‘servant’ space, minimising awkward ergonomic and servicing requirements in these carefully proportioned spaces."
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