Re: Middle units Dark or Not
From: fabers (
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 07:27:09 -0800 (PST)
We discussed a similar issue during the designing of Newberry Place. We have 20 units, mostly duplexes and triplexes. Through the charette process we discovered that light was a key issue for everyone. To solve some of the light issues, we made sure all our buildings were oriented to capture the southern exposure. We have enlarged windows on the north and south facing walls. We also developed light-wells in the units that are basically a shaft that comes through the center of the home and gets additional light into the center of the unit. This light-well also serves a purpose for letting air circulate.

Steve Faber
Newberry Place

On Nov 9, 2005, at 2:40 PM, Tim Clark wrote:

We are working on our site design which consists of almost all duplexes. We realized that if we went to tri-plexes or four-plexes that we could save a lot of space and open up the site.

The concern is that the center units in either case will be dark and nobody will want them.

Is this true?

Any feed back would be appreciated.

Tim Clark
Austin Cohousing
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