The Art of Pergola Design (3)

This is another pergola drawing for an area between 2 small apartment buildings. One unit holding 6 apartments, and the other 10. It was easy to see on the initial visit there was no place to gather.

There needs to be a place where these students could spend some time together outside . . . not only that, the place was just screaming for some kind of focal to pull the place together. Something to knock down the harshness of a row of apartments. It was asked of me to come up with some solution to the accepted. To go beyond the norm.

Pergola drawing for plaza
[Initial concept drawing to show the client]

This was the drawing that was shown to the client. From here alll sort of suggestions, comments, and questions were asked.

  • How big? . . . “How big do you want it
  • How tall? . . . “How tall can we make it, does there need to be a minimum
  • Square footage? . . . “How much do you need, how about each front quadrant 12×12
  • Material of overhead, type(s) of post, and on and on.

One of the questioners even asked me if I was troubled by the questions. To the contrary all the questions indicated great interest and enthusiasm for the idea . . . I thought it was great-still do.

This questioning and working through logistics led to me being asked if I could tweak this drawing some.

  • Could I show it with brick columns?
  • Could I show it with the overhead in white? Leading to what material could this be made out of?
  • Could I show different style paving?
  • The next drawing would also need to be good enough to show to some other folks not in the room . . . ah ha, now we were really getting somewhere.

Next I will get into the pergola drawing that was asked for out of this concept meeting.

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