The stepped form of this residential development offers distinct advantages. It anchors the northern side of the structure to the ground, so that it absorbs the earth's natural temperature at a constant level - a valuable counterbalance to the extreme fluctuations of temperature in this mountainous region. It also provides each of the 15 units with direct access to the outside and with more or less identical panoramic views. Each unit has three to five bedrooms, four to six bathrooms and a private swimming pool. Reinforced concrete is used for the foundations and retaining walls. Partition walls are of hollow bricks.
Terrace Housing Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.