Question outlines a school located in a temperate climate zone and requires to have solar heat gain and views to adjacent pond. What building shape best meets the requirements?
Correct Answer: Arc-shape on north side of pond
My Wrong Answer: “Rectangular facing the pond on south side”. The explanation states the building should be located on north side of pond to capture the views, and though I agree, I believe the choice is deceptive in making you believe the pond is to the south of the building, not the other way around.
In addition, per Building Codes Illustrated, Solar Radiation 1.15, Elongating the form of a building along the east-west axis maximizes south-facing walls is preferred, thus the rectangular logic. Should I expect curveballs like this from NCARB, or am I overthinking it?