A single aspect flat is a dwelling that has windows only on one side, that faces one way, that forces its inhabitants to live with the consequences of its orientation for ever and a day without having the choice of moving to a room that benefits from more or less sunlight, depending on their wants and needs, or quite simply a different view.

A back to back house has the entrance door on the same side as the windows, whereas single aspect flats tend to have the entrance door on a corridor running the length of a rectangular block, with the only windows opposite the door, leading to internal kitchens and bathrooms and a lack of ventilation, with the consequent problems of temperature control, especially overheating.

These flats are at their worst when entirely North or South facing, suffering from overheating in the latter case and with little if any useful sunlight in the former. Antipodes: If you are reading this from New Zealand or Australia overheated flats will face North and cold flats face South.

They are in my personal view an aberration.  A throwback to the C19th rows of Northern back to back houses and ought to be banned.

The linked article below has some plans of single aspect flats:-

The dismal state of housing design in the UK

Taken from this housing blog:- http://www.designofhomes.co.uk


Although double banked corridors are the normal way to build single aspect flats in terms of the efficient use of floor space, the scissor maisonette and related typologies are preferable because they reduce the need for access corridors on every floor and better, result in dual aspect flats.

This short article was prompted by the frequency with which the title appears in the statistics for this blog, as the contents of a Google search, and I have felt it necessary to answer the question directly.

Dublin downgrades its housing standards

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