Exercise 3: Analysing your site

I have identified a suitable site for my micro-dwelling. Now time to analyse it and document the information, I have created a presentation with this information.

I present to you my findings, it shows photographs of the site from North, East and South elevations along with scaled drawings. I have taken into account the important details such as the sun-path, access/egress, the surroundings, interesting details of colour and texture in the trees and shrubs that surround the site. I have also taken into account the building that sits beside the site which was built in 1770. All of these elements have inspired my micro-dwelling design.

In my final design I anticipate including all of these aspects, the micro-dwelling will be a modern building with traditional materials and elements which will sit pride of place on a piece of land that enjoys far reaching views of the countryside and although history tells us that the land and properties close by have been around for a few centuries, I am confident with the materials I choose to building it with, it will be enjoyed by many people for many years to come.

Fig. 1 – Walker, T (2021) Micro-dwelling site analysis presentation [Design on Adobe Indesign] in possession of: the author: Stoford

Site Analysis revisited and redesigned

When I was analysing my choice of site location I was drawn by the view that the micro-dwelling could potentially have. The micro-dwelling would be sat surrounded by fields, a Georgian building, established trees and bushes and I have chosen to position it so that once the main doors to the building are open the view would be of the lake. As you will see from my drawing of the sun path, the building will benefit from the sunrise behind it and sunset in front, just beyond the lake. The sun and light path will take its way past the side elevation, two large Georgian inspired windows will enable the light to flood through the building, the sun will set facing the front elevation, shedding light on the bifold doors and decking area. I have positioned the kitchen area to one side of the building with large windows high above the work surface to allow for space on the walls for shelving and storage, to the left will be another Georgian inspired window where again lots of light can flood in through to the interior space. There certainly won’t be a shortage of natural light coming through each elevation, while the green roof sits on top enjoying all day daylight.

Based on my feedback from my tutor, I have redesigned a Site Analysis document, the previous document was very difficult to read and so taking those comments on board I created another document using Indesign, containing 4 pages of images and text to give the reader a clearer idea of my chosen site and the ideas and reasons behind my choice of positioning and inspiration from the surroundings.

The green roof will sit on the micro-dwelling and my inspiration was taken from some online research.

Fig. 5 – A vegetative roof idea to sit as the roof on the micro-dwelling
Fig. 6 – Top view of the vegetative roof idea

Images

Fig. 1 – 4 Walker, T (2021) Site Analysis [Indesign] in possession of: the author: Stoford

Fig. 5 – A vegetative roof idea to sit as the roof on the micro-dwelling https://liveroof.com/technical/detail-drawings/ (accessed 8.5.21)

Fig. 6 – Top view of the vegetative roof idea https://liveroof.com/technical/detail-drawings/ (accessed 8.5.21)

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