Relate the character of the new building façade to the façades of similar, good quality buildings in the surrounding neighborhood or region. Horizontal buildings can be made to relate to more vertical adjacent structures by breaking the façade into smaller components that individually appear more vertical. Avoid strongly horizontal or vertical façade expression unless compatible with the character of the majority of the structures in the immediate area.
Images and Captions:
The façade of this California multi-unit development has been broken down into a number of elements, making what is actually one large building look like a series of single-family homes, the common residential type in the area.
Bay windows and a rounded corner break up - and add vertical elements to - what is otherwise a long horizontal façade in this Berkeley, California project.
Bay windows provide strong vertical elements to this long horizontal building and conform to the basic style found in the neighborhood surrounding this San Francisco apartment building.
(555 Ellis Street)
Deep recesses help control heat gain in this Ventura, California farm-worker housing, and break down the large, barn-like form into unit-sized elements.
(Rancho Sespe Farmworker Housing)
Although this is a single, connected building the recesses in the façade make it look like a row of townhouses.
Gable projections supported on columns identify the entries to individual units and help break down a long, horizontal façade into what almost appears as a series of individual townhouses.
A series of vertical bays, a mansard roof with dormers, and a corner tower help relate the façade of this Boston building to that of its neighbor across the street.
Although this is one long townhouse building, the facades make it look like a series of single-family homes, the predominant housing type in the neighborhood surrounding this Minneapolis project.