Why is it important to accurately model the land features of your project site with a toposurface?
- What aspects of a building design are most affected by the terrain features?
Its important to model the land features of the project because the site dictates a lot about the building. You want the floors to be level and windows to be above ground, so understanding the height changes in the terrain is essential.
When designing a project...
- Should the building adapt to the terrain?
- Or, should you adapt the terrain to the building?
This might be site-specific. It’s probably the most sustainable to adapt a building to its surroundings, but if that impedes the efficiency of the building, that should be avoided.
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)?
The Alberni by Kengo Kuma in Vancouver is a building I had the priviledge of driving by every day of high school. It is a dynamic building with a curvature born from it’s stacking.
- What were the advantages or reasons for non-vertical stacking?
- visual appeal
- to fit the building into it’s surroundings better
- opportunity for green roofs/multipurpose spaces in the gaps
not very economical or efficient though