3. Precedent Studies

3a. Assignment Precedent Studies

3b. Assignment Precedent Studies -Analysis-template-1

Precedent Studies Examples

Precedent Studies Example

Precedent Studies- Adaptive Reuse- focuses on preservation, renovation, restoration, and adaptive reuse.

Good design is often informed and inspired by precedent studies of previously designed projects. For this assignment, you will select two example of youth hostels with adaptive re-use in mind. You are to compare and contrast.

Your digital presentation can incorporate text, images, quotes, etc. to describe basic facts about the project, for example: Location, Designer, Owner/Advocate, Date Constructed, Cost.

You will analyze each project with simple diagrams using Photos, plans sections and elevations to define:


Public vs. private

Approach and Circulation etc.




Interior Details

Select two different Youth Hostels located throughout the world. Make sure they are relevant in size and program to our hostel.

Create one sheet for each project.


Location, Architect (if known), number of beds/rooms

Show images


Private vs public

Circulation (from site throughout building)

Show lighting – natural

Show materials, patterns, massing

Create a list of the spaces

Show diagrams of any other important elements

A short 200 – 300 word narrative description of the design approach should be part of the presentation.

Use the “milk and cookies” template to summarize your findings.

Do not forget to list of resources that you used.