Arc1126 project 2a site analysis and birdwatch tower at fraser s hill
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING & DESIGN
Centre for Modern Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia (MASSA)
USER & CONTEXT
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture / (Architecture)
Module: ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO 2 (ARC 1126/ARC 60205)
Project 2a: Site Condition & Analysis and Birdwatch Tower @ Fraser’s Hill
Group of 2
Pin up/ Verbal
1. Site Conditions & Analysis (10%)
In groups (combination of 2 tutorial groups from Project 1), conduct site analysis of the physical context, social, cultural and/or
historical issues within the overall site. Use the following reference as a framework for your recording and analysis of your site:
White, E. 2004. Site Analysis: Diagramming Information for Architectural Design. Tallahassee, Florida: Architectural Media Ltd.
Collect data and record on the following using physical maps/diagrams and models:
Site survey: provide dimensions of its width and depth and indicate any adjacent buildings at the levels of plans, elevations
and sections to create an accurate record of what currently exists
Orientation (sun path) and Climate (rainfall temperature)
Site topography / contours
Access and Circulation
Existing Structure and Materiality of the site surrounding
Vegetation and Hydrology
Views and Vistas
Historical and Cultural
2. Birdwatch Tower (20%)
Individually, produce your personal interpretation of the site in the form of sketches.
In group of two, you are to begin with a volume in the form of a solid cube 3 x 3 x 3 meter. By selecting a character, you are
to design a Bird Watch Tower at Fraser’s Hill for the purpose of bird watching/contemplation/simply just to enjoy the
view. It shall include the activities of resting, meditation, observation, viewing etc. in which furniture and equipment must fit
and be incorporated with the design. This structure should correspond to the site that you have chosen. Adequate
access, circulation and fenestration are mandatory.
The aim of this project is to generate structure, form and space through architectural conceptualisation, with the emphasis on the
user requirement, ergonomics and site responding to develop an architectural proposition. Students will be shown the importance of
using the art of crafting and making: drawing(s) and model(s) as a critical design tool as part of the design process.
The final submission for this project will include:
1. Final presentation of the site analysis is to be presented digitally, supported by a 20mins verbal presentation.
2. Individually, produce FIVE A5 of your personal interpretation of the site in the form of sketches.
3. A series of detail drawings (1:50 scale) as a set of a series of plans, sections, elevations, axons and so on to explore the
cube that must be done freehand and beautifully rendered. The drawings must demonstrate the concept that has
informed the design.
4. A series of models (1:50 scale) a minimum of four which includes: 3 process models and a final model. The final model
must be beautifully crafted with balsa, model board, perspect, brown board, etc to be left in their natural colour and to be
mounted on a an A3 MDF board to be submitted in a box. The base must be manipulated to create texture and reflect the
Refer to semester schedule
Marks shall be distributed as follows:
TGC FAIL POOR
1.Use design elements such as
space, surfaces, openings and
partitions in the design of a simple
Clarity of forms and space ordering 10
Richness of content 10
2.interpret and analyze simple site
Evidence of physical site respond 10
Evidence of climatic consideration 10
Evidence of simple construction
understanding in relation to site
3.interpret and analyze client’s
character and needs in relation to
the design of a small building
Understanding of user requirement 10
Evidence of anthropometric study 10
Space/function relationship 10
4.drawings and models
Clarity of drawings, scale,lineworks
Workmanship of models and scale
1. D.K. Ching, F. 1993. Architecture: Form Space and Order (2nd ed.). Van Nostrand Reinhold.
2. Porter, Tom, 2000 Architectural Supermodel: Physical design simulation / Tom Porter and John Neale.
3. Hugh Aldersey, Williams, 2003, zoomorphic: New Animal Architecture, Laurence King Publishing Ltd.
4. Professional Model Making: a handbook of techniques and materials for architects and designers.