Jayraj Pratap Mistry
Ar. Prerna Thakar
Understanding the geometry and the climatic requirements of the site in Punta Arenas , South America , some of the major considerations were compact volume with small surface area to volume ratio . The East-West axis was to be considered for maximum advantage of sunlight . Close clusters would minimize the exposure to the cold winds .Open buffer spaces would allow maximum North sun. North facing wall provides high thermal capacity . Sloping roofs enable quick drainage of rain and snow . Cross ventilation in the summer and blocking the cold winds in winter is critical.
After analyzing the site conditions, the grids were formed on the site for placing the volumes wrt effective wind and sun direction and occupied max. volume oriented towards the sun . A change in level for efficient sunlight with minimum shading to others and allocation of interlocked spaces with mezzanine floor created a strong sense of co living with designated private spaces as well . Major spaces were aligned wrt. sunlight and thus created a geometry to react to climatic conditions. Along with this, each apartment has a fireplace to maintain heat inside and bigger windows towards max . sunlight taking advantage of the natural weather conditions.