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Divide apartments vertically

Allow my rooms to stack...
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I love my apartment. 15 foot ceilings are marvelous thing. Yes, I love it, but at times I think... what good are such high ceilings in the bathroom and kitchen? Moreover what good are they in the hall? No good I say. no good. Divide apartments vertically. Allow my rooms to stack: lofty in the living quarters and higher up compact. Everyone could have more space and a varied view. Plus bathrooms could be on one floor to save on service charges too.
futurebird, Apr 05 2004

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so small she cannot fit her chair into it. [po, Oct 04 2004]


       Like it - extra floors give more of an impression of space. They kindof do this in holand because land was very expensive beside the canals in Amsterdam. One house is literally about 5ft wide. All the houses have very narrow staircases so they also have winch/pulley systems and doors on the top floors to the outside. Looks odd, except everyone has them, so no one really worries about it
miasere, Apr 05 2004

       Widely Baked in the real world, even New York. Many apartments and homes are built with double, even triple height living rooms or libraries, and much more vertically challenged bedrooms and kitchens. Witness the apartment in Spiderman (actually one of the penthouses on top of Tudor City).
DrCurry, Apr 05 2004

       ahem ... What good are high ceilings in the bathroom and kitchen? I'd have to think about that a minute.   

       What you're suggesting, [futurebird], would work nicely with a helical stacking of adjacent units. Some refinement of design would require less change to the buildings' external elevations while giving similar configurations to each stacked floorplan -- an improvement over 'mirror image' and '180 degree juxtaposed' orientations now extensively used to design adjacent units.   

       Liking this a little more: load-bearing walls would have a periodic weakness if the 'honeycomb' of internal bracing were irregular, but I feel that adequate strength gains would be brought on by the rotation of cross bracing from lateral walls to diagonal walls.
dpsyplc, Apr 05 2004

       "...what good are such high ceilings in the bathroom and kitchen?"
The high ceilings in a kitchen are to give you room to adequately toss pancakes. I've drawn a blank on the bathroom, though.
st3f, Apr 05 2004

       This idea is know amongst architects, some easier to find examples of it are in the work of Le Corbusier. A built work of his to look at is the Unité d'Habitation, which needs hallways only every third floor.
Laughs Last, Apr 05 2004

       st3f: sex on a trampoline?
DrCurry, Apr 05 2004


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