One among the foremost responsible things you can do as an architect is to concentrate which , for me, always begins with the site: the climate,geography, wind patterns, and in fact , the Sun.
Architecture is nothing without light and it's perhaps the foremost important organizing force for our work.
It's always where I start my site analysis,by diagramming the trail of the Sun as an overlay on the location plan, and I'll get into the specifics on how I do that during a minute. The predominant solar orientation - where the foremost direct sunlight comes from - here within the hemisphere , is that of the south.
So, the more of our building which will facesouth the more efficiently we're ready to capture and use the Sun for natural light, and passive heating, and even cooling as we'll see during a minute. This approach not only saves energy by reducing lighting, heating, and cooling costs, but it is also better for our own health and well-being. For this project, the lot was sloping andrather long with the neighboring residents accessible to the north.
The views to the ocean were all off to the east. With an east facing site like this you're faced with a dilemma: does one orient the long axis of the building north and south to offer the client the view of the ocean they requested - from every room – or, does one deny the water view in favor of a more sensible solar aspect? Truthfully, I wanted it both ways.
The answer I designed divided the program into public and personal wings, each oriented with their long axes east and west as you'll see here within the site plan. This gave me the long flank of the building to gather sunlight and that I could still orient a number of the foremost important spaces, the main bedroom , the front room , and a guest suite, toward the water view.