Vision for a housing estate in Mažeikiai

How to create lively public spaces and cozy court­yards in a modernist large scale housing estate? And where to park cars? 

We solved these questions while preparing the feasib­ility study of Gabija and Sodų quarters in Mazeikiai.

The resid­ential district built in the 70s is dominated by block apartment houses, and has a population of 9.5 thousand. There is a popular green space – Sodų triangle park, many educa­tional and public insti­tu­tions, services and commerce. As in other modernist housing estates in Lithuanian cities, we face challenges: renov­ation of buildings is carried out individually without funda­mentally rethinking the structure of the district, the envir­onment is outdated, there is a lack of parking spaces.

While preparing the vision of the territory, we proposed how to create public spaces responding to the needs of all residents, how to connect the public spaces with pedes­trian and bicycle paths, we also proposed basic principles on how to reorganize court­yards, parking lots, and plant new greenery. The document includes recom­mend­a­tions for the territory of the municip­ality – public spaces, and residents“ plots – court­yards of apartment buildings.

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