Connected, grouped building compounds can be found all over the world. In New England, where I practice, the connected farmstead or Big House/Little House/Back House/Barn typology evolved out of a need to create sheltered outdoor workspaces adjacent to the farmstead. The Big House contained living spaces, the Little House contained the kitchen, the Back House stored the carriage and all were connected to the Barn. Buildings were positioned to shield outdoor spaces from northerly winds and gather light from the south.
In this video I discuss the advantages of deploying a compound structure design concept.
Architects / places featured in this video:
Eric Reinholdt, (30X40 Design Workshop)
Piazza San Marco, Venice
Nick Noyes Architecture
NIMMO American Studio For Progressive Architecture
Lake Flato Architects
Bates Masi Architects LLC
Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Please watch: “Architectural Design Process | Form, Orientation and Sunlight”