The brief I have given myself is to design two separate residential properties, connected through shared landscaping which will also service the main property on Dudhope Terrace. After extensive research and site analysis, I decided it was most appropriate to focus my attention on achieving high sustainability in my proposal and sensitivity to its ecological, as well as built, context.
In order to create an ecologically sound building, I found it extremely important to be site specifi as the building needs to respond to its unique environmental conditions. I wanted to achieve a building that is not only inspired by nature, maximises its use of natural energy sources and disposes of waste appropriately, but is also high in aesthetic value so that it may survive for generations to come, at least lasting long enough to recoup its embodied energy and start to become truly self-sufficient. I decided to look at layering different site conditions to generate form and to assist in the buildings orientation. My generative process focused on the four elements, earth, fire, wind and water, and how they affected the building in terms of the topography of the land and the buildings connection to that; the solar gain in terms of heating the building, wind directions in terms of ventilation and the capture use and recycling of water. The fifth element I chose to look at was the built context and the proposals relation to the existing buildings.