Engbo

Engbo is a residential center of 20 living units for the physically and mentally disabled.  The complex is shaped like a square with an opening to a common courtyard in the center which marks the main entrance.  Each unit has its own private garden facing away from the courtyard.

From early in the process, the intention was to emphasize each unit individually within its architectural expression.  In this way, each unit has its own gabled roof of varying pitches for differentiation, creating a reading of the complex as a cluster of houses instead of one large institutional building.

One can enter the living units in two ways, either through individual private gardens facing outward, or through the common and service areas facing into the courtyard.  Thus the complex can facilitate residents with all levels of ability and need for service and aid.