Our view is that restrictive modern-day constraints combined with the vast array of alternative construction materials and technology available demands a review of the traditional process applied to building a contemporary home.
1. The Accommodation Schedule,
3. Specification and
The 4 Steps include what we have learnt, our conclusions and recommendations. These steps also serve as a review of the traditional process of building a home and our suggestions for potentially improving thereon. We believe that understanding the steps involved in building a home makes it easier for anyone who is considering building an efficient home to appreciate how the process unfolds, what needs to be planned ahead, when certain decisions need to be made and the respective roles of key professionals and suppliers.
A fundamental learning is that the order of decision-making fundamentally affects the overall success of such a project. Fundamental decisions regarding function (by way of the accommodation schedule) serve as the foundation of effective design decisions, which in turn lead to more effective specifications and ultimately more efficient construction. The process certainly includes feedback loops, but the direction is critical.
Each Step consists of some “principles” which are generic, while those specific to Stand 47 are discussed under “options”. Then the idea used to resolve our problem is discussed under “solution” and a summary of our findings can be found under “conclusion”.
1 – Accommodation Schedule
2 – Design
3 – Specification and
4 – Construction.
The process defines the order of priority for all decision making throughout the project and allows for feedback loops beyond the Accommodation Schedule stage. All decisions flow from left to right, unless a specific feedback loop warrants the re-evaluation of a previous decision.
At Stand 47, the architect has taken clues from the modernist houses of the last century, shown in the images above. These houses show a simplicity that is the result of a number of conceptual design decisions and detailing strategies that focus on clean lines and continuity. Materiality and lightweight design as well as furniture or built in joinery as room dividers, also feature strongly. These principles are being adapted to the efficiency concept, creating the perfect backdrop for change to happen in future, while still maintaining the integrity of the building.
A 3m drop toward the East is a major positive feature of this site – and has generated the approach to drop the building into the site. In addition, the total site area is about 3766 sqm with a row of mature trees lining the Southern edge of the stand. Half of the total site area is allowable coverage.