MacIntyre Milton Keynes
MacIntyre Milton Keynes provides a community hall with a fully equipped bakery, shop and café run by the residents and a workshop for weaving above, along with greenhouses, a gardening centre and housing for 36 residents.
The long barn-like community hall, known as Moot Hall, serves as the working centre of the complex. A steep fall in the site has been exploited to organize the two very different kinds of accommodation: at street level the shop, offices and the hall; and at the lower level and at the ‘back’, the workshops and garden centre.
The residents’ flats are grouped together to make three large houses. Each flat has four besitting-rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. One operates from street level with a first floor above. Another occupies the back on the same two levels but is entered from a circular stair off the lower-level path. This has its own terrace and steps down to the garden. The other two also open off the lower path and are single-storey, hugging the large central mass of building.