Pattern of language have been applied in early stage of my design as a departure point.
1. Entrances are orientated towards the shared driveway, reinforcing the idea of intimate neighbourhood. These entrances are marked by a porch and an overhanging volume. This ensures the entrance is visible and easy to find.
2. Entrance room have been applied to all houses where the front entrance of the house have generous size and space, and big enough for a waiting room.
3. All the rooms in my design have windows on both sides, making the interior brighter and prevent strong directional shadows.
4. Bedrooms are kept to the east as much as possible, so the occupants wake up to the sun rise.
5. All the balconies are at least 6ft deep so that people may sit in a round table facing towards each other.
6. Intimacy gradient
The service space opens up to grand living spaces, and then rises up to very intimate spaces. The doors to bedrooms are kept away from the main entrance and public spaces. Also the passage way width varies between public spaces and intimate spaces, 1.2m width for public spaces, and 1m for private spaces.
7. For all of the houses, front yards are all concentrated to the north, so that they will not be overshadowed by the house itself. The front yard will be wasted if it is located in shadow areas such as south, because they are too shaded and cold which respells people to use that space.