- Balconies and terraces are functional spaces that provide sufficient privacy for occupants
- The safety and liveliness of the street is increased through casual overlooking and surveillance from balconies and terraces
- Balconies contribute positively to the building facade
Private balconies and terraces should be an essential consideration when designing for residential units. They should attach directly to main indoor living areas, effectively creating an extension of these spaces. They may take the form of a recessed balcony, a cantilevered or semi-cantilevered balcony, a terrace, or a ground level deck. When well designed, balconies and terraces become important architectural elements, contributing positively to the form and articulation of a building.