The modern house design explores the maximisation of light, space, ventilation and views on a tight sight. We are exploring a more environmentally sensitive form of design called ‘micro design’. Micro design utilises parametric modelling software which can respond to very small changes to design input criteria. In this case issues such as maximising ventilation, views and efficiency of structure and minimising impacts to neighbours views and overshadowing were the key design criteria.
The unique form is a response to the requirements to maintain view and solar corridors. Tony Owen NDM Architects started by responding to the site with a series of movements which folded and twisted the space in order to maximise the changes of level, view opportunities and potential for connectivity to outside spaces at various ground planes. They created a dynamic model capable of responding to changes in these variables and allowed the models to run in real time. They then stopped the model when they felt they had a model which satisfied they concerns. The modern house has a fluidity of space which is a direct result of having a strong relationship with the surrounding landscape. [via]