Architecture 220 – Fall 2012 Semester
Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California
“A Sense of Site”
Introduction to site specific design. Examples include topography, climate, microclimate, sun, views, privacy, etc.
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Lecture Notes for Lecture 2: A Sense of Site
￼￼A Sense of Site
Site properties and how they influence building design
￼￼What is a site?
- Other factors
- Relative steepness or flatness of the site
- Can determine local microclimate based on location on slope
- Influences wind conditions on building
- Influences how a building can be built & spatial orientation of resulting building￼
- Major factor in determining primary building material and method.
- Heat or Cool? How?
- Temperature Swings
- Rain & Snow… managing water & runoff, snow load
- Building or landscape creates a zone of different climate for inhabitants
- Can be a warmer or cooler space depending on needs
- Can be a shelter from wind and/or from sun.
- Site conditions determine how much sun a building can get
- Natural and built environment can limit sun through shading
- Latitude can limit sun exposure
- Site topography can greatly influence sun within the building
- Probably the most self explanatory part of site analysis
- Where are the primary view corridors?
- Should anything be hidden?
- Expansive view or framed view? Overload or controlled?
- What is the need for privacy?
- How does the site impact design for privacy?
- Urban or Rural?
- What are expectations of privacy?
- Topography, Climate, Microclimate, Sun, Views, Privacy, and more play a role in how a building is positioned on a given site.
- It is never just one of the above, siting a building requires analyzing all and finding the right balance.