Scale comparison

The drawing below shows the underground structure in various scales.

Different scales provide different intensity of spatial experiences for the user which could create a hierarchy of space that responds to the user needs of space.

scale 1

To establish the needs of a specific user

The protagonist: A man who owns a house in Dungeness for getaway purpose.
(The general houses/shacks in Dungeness are functioned as retreat house)


1. A man (hermit) living in solitude could find extra space in underground for personal meditation which require isolation and privacy.

2. After a few years, a man found his life partner. More spaces of bigger size are suitable for couple bonding. New spaces such as dining room, storage room are required to accommodate their expanding needs.

scale 2


3. The couple occasionally invites their families to their house for a holiday getaway. They decided to move their master bedroom to the lower most level as a way of achieving peace/zen from the ground activities while allocating their parents on ground to experience life in Dungeness . Larger volume of the underground space provides a balance between freed and isolated spatial experience for the users.

4. Years later, more rooms such as children room, living room are moved to underground. The on ground shelter has now become a decoy of a solitary occupant, where in fact it accommodates a house of family who lives in this minimal footprint that is equivalent to a typical dwelling in city..

scale 3

Next steps:

  • To do a physical model that explains the changing of scale according to the narrative.
  • Refine the narrative into a more believable and convincing user routine.
  • To extract some useful elements from last week’s precedent studies into the physical model.

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