1] Begin by conducting a site analysis that notes the prominent views from the site as well was toward it, considering the slope, vegetation and other noticeable landscape features such as rocky outcrops or rainwater catchments, as well as orientation, light, thermal comfort, acoustics and security. Understanding the opportunities of the site further crystallises the design concept.
2] Investigating design precedents can be an important and inspiring reference to drive the initial design process. When conducting a precedent study, the focus lies in understanding the thinking behind the design while looking for clues that explain why certain design decisions were taken. It is not useful to concentrate on aesthetics at this stage.
3] Following a precedent study, creating a functional design layout that caters for the requirements set out in the accommodation schedule and brief forms the primary, mostly pragmatic, iteration of the design on plan. This layout is tempered by the constraints and features identified during the site analysis.
4] Develop the design further on section and elevation by producing various sketch plan iterations that hone in on the requirements of the accommodation schedule, brief, and site analysis so that an architectural response created is spatially rich, tectonically strong and conceptually clear.