Architect’s thoughts on design and size and units of use
• Given a relatively limited area per floor, 4 units (2 apartments downstairs and 2 apartments for mother and aunt) are either very cramped or not spacious
• In addition, the sky, the slope, the neighborhood must be taken into account
• The site and area “require” a restrained, terrain-adapted, yet exciting building with mainly natural materials on roofs (peat roofs or table roofs) and stone / wood in the facade
• The terrain on the site could well be followed with a split level solution, but it is contrary to a housing unit for older people, ie life cycle standards are difficult to come up with such a solution
• A building in the east-west direction means at least “disturbance of the neighbor in the east (about 3-4m above the highest point of the plot) and shows little facade (effect) towards the street, while getting the building as much sun as possible; the problem is that most of the lower ground floor is below ground level
• A building in the north-south direction means both a large surface (roof, walls) towards the neighbors in the east and towards the street; yet this building has the most surface area (important for the lower floor) – but it also has a “massive” effect from the street side
• sky direction:
– plot of land to the west as the road is located, it means views and afternoon / evening sun can be found on this page
– the south and sunny sides of the site border with a built site that can partially offset this new building and which must be taken into account regarding screening etc.
– The north and east sides are largely sloped – it applies to the lower floor, and entrance to the second floor should also be added here – with regard to access (wheelchair friendly)?