The first exercise there were no considerations- just elements to arrange.
The second exercise introduced a restriction.
The THIRD exercise introduced a brief- to produce a plan incorporating a house, a deck, a lawn, a garage and a hot tub- just a quick, gesture diagram...
We had a few minutes to produce the sketch plan.
Upon finishing, we were asked to write down what assumptions we had made when producing the plan:
I assumed the garage would join the house to facilitate access.
The deck would connect to the house as a transition between house and garden.
The hot tub would be close to the house (useful on cold nights, no?)
The hot tub would be circular to accommodate larger groups of people.
The lawn would be circular to reflect the tub...
Seems I made a lot of assumptions without realising.
I assumed North was at the top, but did not include a north point.
I assumed the site was in the Northern Hemisphere and would benefit from a south facing garden.
I assumed the road would be located at the top of the page.
I made no real assumptions about the client.
I did not really consider the site topography
The next exercise was to plan a site for a hotel, incorporating hotel, car park, pool deck, tennis courts, restaurant and service yard.
This time we were told there was a road at the top of the page and the sea at the bottom.
This time we were told to write down our assumptions as we planned the site:
This gave me a north point and some contours. Hooray!
I assumed the service yard would have to be near to the road but screened from residents.
I wanted the pool deck to be shielded from the road.
The restaurant should have a good view of the sea (beautiful sunsets over the estuary...)
The car park would be close to the road and obscured from residents view...
At the exercise's conclusion, there were still some basic errors...
Had a considered the hotel's clientele?
Why had I put the hotel by the road?
Why was the service yard so far from the restaurant?
How big is this site?
The main lesson of this exercise was to realise that there are always other options- the first idea is never final. For instance, about three people (Toby Witham amongst them) opted for an underground car park. Everyone wished they'd thought of that...
The hotel, set back from the road, could have a very long drive up to it...
It would be nice to have another go at these exercises having picked up some valuable lessons from the studio session!
The final exercise was to design the site for a country house.
Once more, the road was located at the top of the page.
The following elements had to be included:
lawn and gardens