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SITE ANALYSIS DIAGRAMS
Site Analysis is the process of surveying or studying the existing
environment and how it will influence the structure’s design and layout on the
Site Analysis and Site Plans(rendered)
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Therefore…. one could assume that a design that works
well for a flat plot of land may not do as well for a sloped
topography and visa versa.
The Affects of a Slope
Therefore a SITE ANALYSIS must be completed first before design
development can commence.
Contour lines are imaginary lines in plan view that connect
points of equal height above a datum or bench mark.
Each contour line represents the form in which the site
acquires over a specified elevation that is why we have
surveyors and topographic surveys vs. metes and bounds
Contour lines are continuous and never intersect each
other. They change in shape, but never in elevation.
Contour lines & Topography
The soil type affects:
the type and size of a building’s foundation system
the drainage of ground and surface water
the types of plant material able to grow on a site
All buildings rely on soil for their ultimate support.
The underlying foundation is effected by the soil’s strength.
The types and locations of plant materials affect:
the site’s micro-climate
Solar radiation, wind, humidity, air temperature
the definition or visual screening or exterior spaces
the absorption or dispersion of sound
The light shelf is an extremely useful tool.
This mechanism, a horizontal surface at or above eye level,
serves to reflect light falling above the vision window up
onto the ceiling and therefore deeper into the room. At the
same time, it reduces illumination immediately adjacent to
the window, where illumination levels are typically too great
to work comfortably.