The solution to that is often aiming to design open areas throughout the home that allow for the views to be appreciated from the western side of the house, where it’s common to place an outdoor area, but still allow for the views out through the house to the east.“Sometimes, subtle things create great results. That could simply be, for example, when you walk into a house, it steps down two or three steps into the living area to follow the site, which could allow you to step down and be faced with the view and you get the feeling of dropping down into the site at the same time.”
Depending on the site and typography, there are other options too, such as creating a long house that runs along the contour of the site.
“It really depends on what is required and on the site, but difficult sites can often throw up exciting possibilities that you wouldn’t normally search for if you were dealing with a flat site. By pulling the levels up and down the site, for example, you end up creating a really interesting spatial dynamic.”
Perhaps the most important thing when designing for difficult sites, Gerald says, is knowing the site well. “For architects, it’s good to spend as much time as they can at the site to really get in zone with it.” From there, budget dependent, the possibilities are endless.
Visit Parsonson Architects on ArchiPro here to peruse their portfolio of architecture, much of which is designed around quirky, steep or difficult sites in the wider Wellington region.