3. THE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS

The plan shown on Plate 20 indicates a symmetrical development of the residential blocks, with the 1,000 suites of each block contained in six apartment buildings, two of which are about six storeys high, two are twelve, and two are twenty-two storeys. This arrangement is intended to be only schematic; it is not expected that the actual development would take this form. The concept is flexible enough to accommodate the designated number of suites in any arrangement which would suit the needs of the developers, except that whatever the final arrangement of buildings might be, the provisions for open space, the winter gardens, and the pedestrian movement corridors must be observed.

The plan does not visualize parking facilities as part of the residential development. One of the basic concepts of the plan is that the apartment structures will not be required to provide their own parking but that parking will be provided in the non-residential blocks to serve not merely the adjacent apartments, but the Downtown parking demand in general.

There [XMLmind] several reasons for this proposal, all of which have been discussed in the previous section of this report. One of the effects of relieving the residential development of a parking requirement would be to free a very substantial amount of the land in all of the residential blocks and make the land thus freed available for open landscaped space and recreation purposes.

The plan visualizes that all of the land not occupied by apartment structures will be conveyed to the Metropolitan Government, who will develop it partly as open public park and partly as “winter garden” that is, as a conservatory which will provide an oasis of verdant foliage, colorful flowers, open pools and playing fountains all year round. These conservatories or “winter gardens” would be part of the public open space system, and there would be one of these located in the centre of each residential block, accessible directly from the pedestrian movement corridor.

The pedestrian corridors are intended to form part of the walkway system which will ultimately provide weather-protected access to every part f the Downtown. The corridors will be located at the second storey level bridging across the streets from block to block. They will be constructed at the same time as the related apartment structures, and it is expected that the apartment developers in their designs will provide for access between their apartments and the pedestrian corridors. The corridors themselves are conceived of as public spaces, owned and maintained by the Metropolitan Government as part of its street system.