Here is the last one for this semester. The whole project was a provocation to the small number of parks and places for children to play in our city. I once came across a rather ironical article that suggested we begun to grow plants vertically in order to compensate it. And this is exactly what I did. I put the parking lot underground because I think it is much more important to have plants rather than cars in a backyard. I wanted to create a micro environment where mothers could leave their kids to play without fear because although the space appears open it is surrounded by buildings and personal enough to be treated like a backyard. I think it is very important to give people who live in a same building the opportunity to meet and communicate. It is really sad that most people (including myself) don't know their neighbors.
The whole inner space is treated like a sea of greenery and I hope that if you step outside on your balcony you would feel like standing on a pier with all those plants around you.
The other facades - the ones facing the street, are much more sterile and minimalistic because people usually want to be away from its noise and in a way separate themselves from the world outside, forming a more cozy, personal space. That, of course, doesn't mean that they should build a thick wall around them. Therefore the whole "solid block" is lifted above the ground allowing the greenery from the inside to spill.
Whew! It was a whole torture trying to explain all that in English! Hope you got the main idea. I would love to hear your thoughts as I believe these are all important issues and as we all live in housing buildings we all should be able to discuss their problems.