Ground Floor Plan
Reflected Ceiling Plan
This plan was developed for a large single family house but it also works, as drawn here, for a pair of narrow, deep, two story dwelling units either side of a series of common gardens. With the fireplace porches filled in as bedrooms, it would also accommodate three dwelling units- one downstairs on either side of the gardens, and one upstairs, spanning the gardens. It could accommodate four smaller units, two one bedrooms up and (2) two bedrooms down. A fifth unit could even go above the garages. Densities then can range broadly from five single family houses per acre to about 20 dwelling units per acre. As multi unit plans these would work best in series where there are minimal side setbacks and the interior gardens provide the principal exposure for each unit. The auto court, should the block be deep enough to allow for it, would be on the alley and the two story wings on the street. Layers of the site plan, front and back, can be removed in smaller blocks. Entry to the series of common gardens would be through the one story porch that spans the flanking wings. As multi-unit building types, these would fall into the tradition of courtyard apartments most commonly associated with Los Angeles, and first documented by Stef Polyzoides.
Aggregated Figure Ground Plan
This is a perimeter plan type that has good long views in two directions, and common property lines and proximate houses on either side. Consequently the site plan is open up the middle of the lot and there are ranges of rooms on either side of a series of gardens. From the street there is an entry court flanked by the garages, the main courtyard, which is forty feet on a side, a thin crossing hall, a small atrium, a one story porch, and a pool garden. When the doors of the hall are open, you can see the length of the outdoor spaces that alternate between shade and sun. The main rooms of the house are upstairs.