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It's easy to create long columns of houses around the Marketplace when starting off with a settlement. However, once additional Needs and Support buildings become available it can be hard to efficiently place them in the grid. This page shows off some housing layouts that are easy to expand to higher civilisation levels. Note that there is no universally correct layout, and the exact placement is often up to preference. Layouts can easily be created and edited using AnnoDesigner, and you are encouraged to take these base layouts and make them your own.

Occidental housing layouts[]

Shown here is a base layout for Peasant housing. It is designed to minimise the number of houses that need to be demolished when adding Needs buildings later on, hence the strange layout near the Marketplace.

Note the two houses marked in red. The roads that connect these to the Marketplace fall outside of the Construction area provided by the Marketplace. When additional Construction area is created (either by another Marketplace, or by Market buildings) these roads can be placed and the Peasant houses will be connected.

Layout Statistics
Peasant Tier Occidental Housing T1 Buildings:
  • 106 x Peasant house
  • Chapel
  • Marketplace
Bounding Box:
  • 40 x 40


The Citizen tier unlocks the first Support Buildings, as well as the Tavern and the Alms house.

The position of the Tavern and the Fire station are interchangeable depending on the particular needs of your settlement. In the shown position the Tavern covers all Citizen houses, while in the top position it misses one.

In the top position the Fire station covers 85 out of 104 houses (80.7%), while in the top position it covers 92 houses (88.5%). The Alms house can also be placed on either side, with the same result.

The Carpenter's house has been placed near the center. This way it reaches 66% of the houses. More Carpenter's houses can of course always be added to reach higher coverage.

Layout Statistics
Citizen Tier Occidental Housing T2 Buildings:
  • 57 x Citizen house
  • 47 x Peasant house
  • Alms house
  • Carpenter's house
  • Chapel
  • Fire station
  • Marketplace
  • Tavern
Bounding box:
  • 40 x 40


The Patrician tier gives access to the Church and the Debtor's prison. The Church is unlocked first, and can be placed neatly alongside the Marketplace. In this position the Church provides 100% coverage for Faith.

Once the Church is built, the Chapel can safely be demolished and replaced by the Debtor's prison, which provides coverage to all Patrician houses except the one shown in orange. Full coverage can be achieved by moving the Debtor's prison over one tile towards the Marketplace, but this is less aesthetically pleasing.

Layout Statistics
Patrician Tier Occidental Housing T3 Buildings:
  • 94 x Patrician house
  • 6 x Citizen house
  • Alms house
  • Carpenter's house
  • Church
  • Debtor's Prison
  • Fire station
  • Marketplace
  • Tavern
Bounding box:
  • 40 x 40


The Noblemen tier adds a single Support building; The Surgery. At this point your city will have expanded far beyond a single Marketplace, so coverage within the layout is less important. Here it is placed alongside the Carpenter's house, but it is advisable to place them where needed to achieve the desired coverage.

Layout Statistics
Nobleman Tier Occidental Housing T4 Buildings:
  • 90 x Nobleman house
  • 6 x Citizen house
  • 1 x Patrician house
  • Alms house
  • Carpenter's house
  • Church
  • Debtor's Prison
  • Fire station
  • Marketplace
  • Surgery
  • Tavern
Bounding box:
  • 40 x 40


The layout is created to be modular with itself, so it is easy to expand with additional Marketplaces. Layout A shows how to add a Marketplace to the top of the layout. Layout B shows how to add to the bottom. The third layout shows a (possible) way to add a Cathedral, though any location with two districts (2 x 6 houses) is a valid location.

Purple houses denote that these can only be built once the Cathedral has been completed.

4 Marketplaces A 4 Marketplaces B 6 Marketplaces with Cathedral
Layouts Occidental Housing T4x4 A Occidental Housing T4x4 B Occidental Housing Cathedral
Statistics
  • 342 x Nobleman house
  • Size: 73 x 73
  • 334 x Nobleman house
  • Size: 73 x 73
  • 526 x Nobleman house
  • Size: 106 x 73

Oriental housing layouts[]

The Oriental housing layout is similar to one used in the Occident. The Orient has much fewer Needs buildings, however, and doesn't need Support buildings to protect from natural disasters. This allows for a slightly more compact design, with as drawback a slight increase in the number of unconnected houses (shown in red).

With the Mosque placed near the center as shown, it can reach 100 out of 108 houses (92.6%). We can reach 2 additional houses by moving the Mosque down by one tile, but this would be less aesthetically pleasing.

Layout Statistics
Nomad Tier Oriental Housing T1 Buildings:
  • 108 x Nomad house
  • Bazaar
  • Mosque
Bounding box:
  • 40 x 41


The Envoy tier introduces one new Needs building; The Bath house. In the position shown, the Bath house reaches 100% coverage.

Layout Statistics
Envoy Tier Oriental Housing T2 Buildings:
  • 100 x Envoy house
  • 8 x Nomad house
  • Bazaar
  • Bath house
  • Mosque
Bounding box:
  • 40 x 41


This layout is similarly modular with itself. However, the large Influence area of the Mosque and Bath house make it difficult to efficiently expand this layout without significant overlap of these facilities. Therefore, the layout with Sultan's Mosque might be preferable.

4 Bazaars A 4 Bazaars B 4 Bazaars with Sultan's Mosque
Layouts Oriental Housing T2x4 A Oriental Housing T2x4 B Oriental Housing Mosque
Statistics
  • 364 x Envoy house
  • Size: 73 x 75
  • 380 x Envoy house
  • Size: 73 x 76
  • 345 x Envoy house
  • Size: 73 x 70
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