Housing and outdoor space

How do you create appealing outdoor spaces that build communities by attracting and retaining residents?

Communities may be a random collection of people defined by demographics of work, age and culture. But they all have at least one universal truth in common.  They want the place they live to be more than a building.  They want it to feel like their HOME.

Creating an ideal living environment is essential in turning a building into a home and housing into a community. Regardless of where they come from or what they do for a living, it is in how people feel while spending time in their community that they begin to gain a sense of purpose and common pride. It’s a feeling worth investing in. 

Sure, transforming a random collection of people into a community can be a challenge. Lucky for you,  it is also where KOMPAN shines.  Over a half a century ago, the vision of our founder was born out of a housing project

Today, understanding the role and value of recreational spaces in all housing, is core to what we do. 

Recreational space is the social spark

Recreational space fosters a sense of civic ownership. It’s what changes a geographical name into an entity, making it a desirable place to live and stay. Through a growing respect and care, pride in the community can help reduce vandalism, as well as costs associated with repairs and resident turnover. Getting it right from the start can be a significant contribution to extending the lifestyle and lifetime of a major investment.

Refurbish to get the most out of your space

RefurbishHousing-600.jpgEven the best of recreational facilities will be tested by time. Wear and tear are a compliment to any design, but there comes a point when decisions must be made. For example,  75 years down the line at Stuytown, in New York City, refurbishment was an answer, but rejuvenation was the aim. The residents took their worn ‘asphalt box’ of a play yard and asked KOMPAN to turn it into a multi-sport fitness area for a community, to create a community. Customized to take full use of the space, the Stuytown solution is unique. However, KOMPAN options are both versatile and flexible, from utilizing templates to specific requests that are in and out of the box. StuyTown CEO, Rick Hayduk explains why everyone is now delighted with their totally transformed multi-activity fitness area. Watch video.

HousingSkyWalk-800.jpgNew modern neighbourhoods

KOMPAN, as a company, started ‘accidentally’ following an observation on a housing estate. The huge blocks of flats of the 1970’s were constructed of concrete, devoid of individuality, and soulless. An art project was commissioned to defuse the anonymity, but the children adopted the art as play things and swiftly there was more than just an identity, there was a focal point, a meeting place. The artist saw an opportunity that satisfied a need. Suddenly there was KOMPAN. Today art and play are united, and the playground is no longer an add-on, it is an integral part of the mix. Contributing to building communities is in our DNA, and working with architects and developers to achieve healthy, sustainable societies is amongst the most precious of our goals.

HousingPartner-400.jpgWhat partnership means to us

At KOMPAN, we focus on the numerous facets of recreational outdoor space, from play to fitness to resting and socializing. We work in partnership to understand your vision and identify the exacting needs and requirements of the residents. Throughout the process, we listen and interpret your needs and thoughts into design, installation, safety management and finally, maintenance. No two situations are identical, so taking the specified demographics and the geographical location as fundamental starting points, a unique solution evolves.

Created by KOMPAN, it is always your playground or your outdoor fitness area, manufactured and installed without compromise. High durability and low maintenance are ensured and backed-up by our outstanding warranty. At KOMPAN our partnership is a lasting commitment.

The recreational amenities are essential to the wellbeing of the residents. Residents come here because of the recreational offerings.

Rick Hayduk

CEO, StuyTown Property Services