Precedence - Simplicity & Repetition
Assigned building: Ham Common Apartments by James Stirling and James Gowan
Location: Ham Common, United Kingdom Year: 1958
Given its design as mass public housing, what is immediately apparent at the core of this investigation was to note the importance of repetition. An extremely simple layout for an individual apartment generated a repetitive unit that was simply reflected along the entire length of the project. This study focused on three main elements:
- Privacy & Views
From the diagrams and drawings, it is immediately apparent that repetition on the ground and first floors have generated a negative impact for views and privacy. Apartments located directly on the ground floor have resulted in severe overlooking, something which must be avoided in the design of the North Bondi project. Furthermore, the reflected plans, though efficient for corridors and stairways, results in slight overlooking between apartments.
Air ventilation on the other hand is an area which must be taken from Ham Common and utilized. Cross ventilation has been achieved in all apartments of this project, improving thermal comfort.