The dissection process used to generate the variations in floorplate layout allows the possibility of ‘stacking’ different densities of floorplate in the creation of an urban block. An example of this is shown below, with a relatively dense spatial layout for the ground floor, and the minimum density layout for the top floor. Given the decreasing density of the floorplate on the upper levels of the block there is the possibility of terrace access within the block for both the middle and upper level.

Three layers of stacked floorplates.

Three layers of stacked floorplates.

 

Not all combinations of spatial layouts can be stacked in this way and it is necessary to establish a system for the ‘stackability’ of floorplate. In a similar vein, while it would theoretically be possible to stack a denser floorplate on a lesser one, the resultant structural implications would require a variation to the regular structural grid imposed on the block.