Malta Collective Owner-Builder Housing
Malta is a co-housing project commissioned by its residents. The architect has done a fine job at reconciling the various needs of the residents, their ambitious philosophy of shared living, and a strict budget. All 61 flats were co-designed with the residents catering to their specific wishes. The exterior resembles a giant game of Tetris. The front façade is a regular grid punctuated by a vertical stripe of red and a cluster of balconies, while the projecting elements in the yard push out boldly from the main volume. The red highlights on the north-east façade accentuate the Tetris effect. The building’s collective identity is underlined in the co-funded communal kitchen, living room, sauna, relaxation area with fireplace, recreational facilities and the rooftop greenhouse. The flexibly designed interiors allow residents to adapt the space to serve changing needs.