Solomon Kim
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Module 3 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

When designing a project...

  • Should the building adapt to the terrain?
  • Or, should you adapt the terrain to the building?

I think this is also situational, I think that if the building can adapt to the terrain than this is the least environmentally degrading option. For example, in the case of the vacation home rather than adding destruction to the already slanted hill, we utilized the slant to our advantage to create the building that we wanted.

What considerations affect a project team's decision-making when deciding the floor-to-floor height to use in a multi-story building?

  • From a real estate developer's perspective?
  • Depending on who this house is for, for example if its people that celebrate holidays then having a high floor-to-floor height is especially important for Christmas trees.

  • From a designer's perspectiv
  • A high floor-to-floor height may help with aesthetics as it will look like things are too crowded.

  • From an engineer's perspective?
  • Depending on the height of the floor-to-floor height, the engineer might have to reconsider mathematical calculations such as the way the stair is constructed.

  • From a builder's perspective?
  • Depending on how much material the builder has to work with, a lower height may save money as well as materials.

  • From an owner's perspective?
  • From a home owner's perspective, this may also depend on if the person decides to celebrate occasions like Christmas which would warrant a tree.

What are the advantages of stacking the levels of a multi-story building vertically?

  • Can you share an interesting example of a building that doesn’t vertically stack (where the floor plates change their shaped radically between the floor levels)?
  • What were the advantages or reasons for non-vertical stacking?

I think the main advantages are to provide support from all four corners of the vertical stacking. Additionally, if a building is stacked vertically then it may provide more flexibility to allow for future vertical stacking and adding more buildings on top of it.


In this image, the building is not stacked vertically and it seems like the main advantage is from an aesthetics standpoint, the viewer is able to experience a building that seems hip and cool and groundbreaking almost to the point where it feels like one is immersed in something truly revolutionary.