Massing organization

Reflection and Application: After completing the first two case studies, select a third case study that IS NOT on the above list and evaluate it on the same terms as the others. If possible, select a local example that you can visit in person. The goal for this last precedent study is for you to highlight commonalities and affinities that you have observed from the three initial case study examples, as well as to select an example that you feel will be relevant to your given project and site. 

Analysis Guide – Parti/ Massing/ Organization

  1. What is the condition/treatment of the project’s perimeter? (Diagram in axonometric) – page 1

Is the project a party wall condition, Is it midblock? Is it on a corner? How does the facade and massing support the program of the building or the concept of its organization? What was the driving force behind the decision to build in this way? Was it strictly site shape that determined the project’s form?

Was it environmental strategies? Was it city zoning?  Was the shape culturally or contextually driven? 

What effect does the form have on its context?

  • How is this building organized in plan? (what is the parti/diagram?  (Diagram in plan) – page 2

What is the driving force behind the decision to build in this way? Is the project organized around an atrium, courtyard, or is it a stacked solid?


3/4. How do you enter the project? (Diagram of Ground Floor Plan + Photo from street and Lobby) – page 3/4

How do you enter from street level? And what is the experience at the threshold? What is the experience as you travel into other parts of the building?

  • How does/do the core(s) work? (Diagram shown in axonometric section) – page 5

Where in the plan is the central stair core and/or circulation located? What effect does this have in bringing users throughout the building. What are the spatial implications of placing the core in the location that the designer did?

  • How is this building organized in section? (Diagram in Section) – page 6

Is the project organized around strictly stacked floor plates or are they misaligned? Are there double height spaces allowed? If so, how does this benefit the design or what kinds of spaces does this produce?

1. Crest Apartment LA

https://www.archdaily.com/897050/crest-apartments-michael-maltzan-architecture

2. Via Verde

https://www.archdaily.com/468660/via-verde-dattner-architects-grimshaw-architects/52dc0e74e8e44e45120001a9-via-verde-dattner-architects-grimshaw-architects-section?next_project=no

3. (The Last Precedent) Garden House