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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Considering site characteristics Orientation Views The benefits of available attractive views should also be considered. Views or vistas obviously can be towards all directions. If appropriate views to the north can be utilised with modest size windows, framing what can be seen. As a minimum a window from a habitable room should allow a seated person to look out. Often insufficient attention is given to orientation. This has considerable significance not just for the potential to optimize solar gain, but also to contribute to the sense of warmth and well-being that bright, sunny rooms bring. east elevation In our high latitude location with its cool, temperate climate it is especially important to maximise the benefits of sun and light. Using the site views of the River Clyde ROOF GARDEN The key to optimising solar gain is to orientate the main habitable rooms towards the south, ideally on south sloping sites. This is best facilitated by streets orientated within 30 degrees of an east-west axis. Other patterns can be accommo- dated using various arrangements of single room depth housetypes to intelligently orientate habitable rooms, creating useable sun pockets for each dwelling at different times of the day. street patterns 21st June 08:30am LIVING ROOM DINING/KITCHEN The aim is to ensure the built form or existing landscaping does not create significant In this development the main habitable rooms and spaces are orientated eastwards towards the attractive overshadowing. Appropriate west / east axis views of the Firth of Clyde and provided with large glazed areas. distances should be maintained to achieve this. New landscaping can then be strategically placed for shading, shelter and privacy. views of the River Clyde 21st June 03:30pm Ensure habitable rooms are connected to the sun pockets, to facilitate indoor/outdoor living in pleasant weather. west elevation Illustration of how the orientation of the street pattern influences the creation of pleasant internal and external envi- Social dwellings at Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, Scotland by Gokay Devici for Fyne Initiatives, are designed to avail of the ronments, which avails of the path of sun throughout the day. attractive views across the Firth of Clyde. 48 49
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