Assignment: Typical Floor Plans

Assignment- Typical Floor Plans

Notes from lecture:

Minimum 30′ deep apartments with min hallways of 5′ to 6′ based on our mock-up in Voorhees. Decided that the depth of housing would be at most 70′ deep.

Modules would be designed that would accommodate 1,2,3 bedrooms.

170 Amsterdam

Corbu Unite d’HAbitation

Grand Concourse Housing

2008 egress NYC Building Code


This is the size limits for the following apartments:

1 bedroom 600sf

2 bedroom 900sf

3 bedroom 1250sf

Your design will have a variety of all of these types. These types will be stacked 1 bedrooms over 1 bedrooms and 2 bedrooms over 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms over 3 bedrooms…..or staggered, or offset to create balconies….



Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Bedroom must all have natural light.

Kitchens, bathrooms, closets, entry and offices do not need natural light.

Kitchens must be mechanically vented – hood over range.

Bedrooms: minimum dimension is 8′ with a minimum area of 80sf (for the first 2 bedrooms) the third bedroom may be smaller.

Lighting and air requirements: Bedrooms, Living Rooms and Dining Rooms need 10% of the area to be glazed windows. 5% must be operable.

Bathrooms: Typical bathrooms are 5’x7′ – that will accommodate a tub/shower, toilet and vanity/lavatory.

Closets are 2′ deep clear.

Apartments need:

Entry + coat closet


dining area

living room




Try to have the short dimension of your rooms be along the window wall.

Smaller apartments will only have one side facing windows

There are only so many corners in a building for multiple sides of windows.

There is only so much perimeter of your buildings, so try to keep any space that doesn’t require natural light to be away from the window.

Try to create a module that is consistent (maybe it is a certain depth) and then the width becomes longer as you add bedrooms.