Architectural Site Analysis Part 1 - The Checklist

Architectural Site Analysis Part 1 – The Checklist



architectural site analysis the checklist brought to you by Western architecture the site analysis is one of the first stages of your design project the more information you can gather from your site analysis the better informed your bid produce a really great design so make sure you're thorough yep your site analysis starts before you get to the site in order to get the best out of your visit make sure that you go through all the information that you already have regarding the project before you go if you study your brief thoroughly and any existing drawings that you might have it may raise questions or areas of the site that you'll want to look at in more detail if you already have a dimension site drawing make sure you check it to make sure all the key dimensions are there on the drawing if not then you know that you can do some measurements whilst you're on site by doing a bit of this pre visit reading you'll arrive on site knowing exactly what you need to find out from the site and know exactly what you're looking for there are a few essentials that I think you should take to site with you and these are camera a notebook a tape measure and good weather so firstly the camera well this is essential these days make sure you take pictures of everything it's great to have a good selection of images of the site so that when you get back to your desks you can refer to them throughout your analysis and design process make sure you get some shots of the site from a distance as well so that you can use these in your final images you know your CG eyes and things like that it's really frustrating when you go to the trouble of visiting a site and you come back wishing you're taking more pictures don't be embarrassed about taking pictures it's in a built-up area no one cares what you're doing tape measure is really dependent on the brief but then also on the information that you've been provided already it's useful to have a tape measure with you when you go on site they some may be close to hazards or situations where you'll need to measure the proximity there may be essential dimensions missing from the information you've been given regarding the project so you may need to note down these as well and a note on the weather it's always good if you have a choice of the day to visit site try and pick a day where there's a little bit of blue sky a little bit of sunshine it will make your photos look pelón particularly if you're planning on using them for future presentations I would suggest you take with you a checklist of items look out for and you can check it off as you go so you don't miss any my list would go a little bit like this site location things like road names address major landmarks just the general details of other site and the current context of the site you know existing buildings car parking roads things like that and the access to the site is there car parking in proximity to the site are there bus routes bus stops you know how close are these to the site things like train stations is it on a good train Network what about cycle routes are these anywhere near to the site pedestrian walkways things like that and finally accessibility are there current provisions of disabled access to the site and how will this need to be considered in your design the next thing I look at is circulation how do you visitors pedestrians or traffic near to the site flow around it or within the site vegetation is their landscaping greenery shrubs trees open spaces take this on board views what are the best views to and from the site which is most likely to be a feature aspect and then the building context what style period or state of the repair of the surrounding buildings is it a historical area is it maybe in a conservation area or other buildings nearby perhaps listed next we can look at what sort of materials and services there are around the site maybe start thinking about the site levels how will how will the levels affect your design process how does the drainage work on the site and will there be any potential problems of drainage weather how does the weather affect the site is it well shaded or is it really exposed and will this have a big sway on your design and noise odor and pollution is the site in a really noisy area will that have a sway on on the materials perhaps that you choose for your design or is it near industrial buildings that produce levels of pollution or near a facility that creates a lot of smoke all these things you should be really trying to take on board while you're on site and start to think how they'll affect your design there are M listed a few hazards that you should look out for now some of these hazards and many others would be difficult to know without having surveys carried out things like that but I think it's always good to show your tutors that you've considered the hazards that could be on or around the site once you get back to your computer there are just a few more things that you can look at first being the climate conditions of the site and the local area things like some parts and Sun angles you can find all this out on the internet another thing that's really useful is to get hold of lots of aerial photographs Google Street view images things like that and being also have a really useful slightly different aerial photographs that you could use and finally just have a look at the history of the site again Google and just find out what you can just to sort of inform your design I'm sure there are loads more things that you could look at and each site is really different but hopefully this will give you a good starting point for getting the best out of your site analysis and of course if you can't get to site you still want to answer as many of these questions as you can but there'll be much more relying on your desktop studies of course so this is the first in a three-part series helping you to produce the best site analysis that you can check out part 2 evaluating your site analysis


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  2. I'm in my first year in architecture and i'm facing a really big trouble with the architectural concept of my projects..I mean that I find myself always struggeling with the volume of the building and I forget about the story on which the strengh of my architecture is based… please, can you make a video to clarify for us the way we can adobt stong architectural concepts?

  3. Thanks a lot !!!!! Very helpful !!! this tutorial really worth a lot!!! I am a student learning Interior design and architecture (1 st year) we are given a conceptual project to do..this is the first time i am doing this as in searching for a location and a site then to analyse it..i had ideas in my head but they were stucked inside and couldn't sort out a way to get it out.. i wanted help :(..then i saw this tutorial !! Now i can easily get a long with the project with less pressure and stress.. thanks a lot!!! thank you sooooo much !!!!!! love all your tutorials..Have a good day! 🙂

  4. this Is the most simple and BEST lecture i have ever see.
    thank you for your help. i am going to watch part 2 and 3 now.

  5. Great video… Looking forward to part two. A further point on photography. Don't forget to take some elevational views from the edge of the site looking out. Later you can use these for reflections in your CGI visuals. I would back up the point, wait for good weather.

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