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.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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