building on a steep or complex site
Choosing a site can be an exciting process. No piece of land is the same, and it’s in the intricacies of every section that things become interesting.
Perhaps there are natural features that define the site, perhaps its undulating land, or challenging soil types. Is the land part of a heritage neighbourhood or a new subdivision? Is it coastal, remote, bush covered?
Even when a site is part of a seemingly flat urban subdivision and the same size as the sections on either side of it, there will be differences. How will the position of the neighbouring buildings (if any) impact on the amount of sun your site receives at different times of the day? Does a neighbouring building help to buffer winds or is it an exposed site?
No site is simply a piece of land. Every piece of land is part of a wider landscape and interconnected ecosystems. Every piece of land has a history. What were its prior uses? What native plants grow in the area? Is there wildlife unique to the area?
Taking time to understand the intricacies of a site is important, and can be a rich and interesting process - and one that can help to inform the final design.