I’ve been around the block.
All the way around the block.
At least I thought I had been all the way around the block . . . until now.
Take a look at his image
See those black holes in the concrete wall in the basement, yep . . . that’s right . . . the bistro. This is where the client plans to host dinner parties and wants something to look at out the windows, and allow for natural light to stream down into the bistro.
It doesn’t look any better from the other side
Add in the fact that there are doors that tie into this setting, plus the transitions involved with that, all in a very small area.
When I first looked at this site what I really wanted to do was find the architect and put my boot up his . . . I digress.
When I was still there I was thinking that the best way to treat the homeowner’s request is to take that dirt wall and somehow turn that wall into the wall of the bistro.
In other words those glass windows are big enough to look all the way through. That the glass windows are not the wall of the room . . . but a “see-through”.
I’m probably not explaining this as well as I want. Which I am finding frustrating . . . I guess we have to wait for the drawings.
So even though it’s outside . . . it’s inside. Am I crazy, maybe so. I am going to start sketching something up this weekend and I’ll/we’ll see.
The real problem here is how to tie in the door/access on both sides. There is going to be some walkways and those walks are going to require some retaining walls to hold everything in place. Lots of level changes and structural integrity.
Walls, walks, doors, steps, natural light, aesthetics, need for a view, natural light, and a basement bistro,
Man I love this job.
I feel sorry for you!
My first thoughts are to extend the building walls and connect them to a retaining wall parallel to the bistro window wall. Possibly create an interior garden? The extended walls could have steps which would provide access to the upper level doors and also the lower garden.
What to do about drainage……now this seems to be a main problem. It does not appear that there is any lower elevation to lead pipes to.
Hmmm. Going with your thoughts (if I got it) of making the lower area as part of the interior, how about having the “interior garden” a big enclosed fish tank? No, huh.
How far can you push a parallel wall back on the property?
If far, possibly slope the grade back towards the wall and put in some type of dry well.
It will be interesting what you come up with.
I don’t see where the doors and walkways will be. Are they on the level of the soil in the area outside of the windows? Are these doors transitioning to the outside?
Here’s a thought. Outdoor rooms are still outdoors, that’s a given and is accepted. They are appealing as it is great atmosphere and experience to be outdoors. But every one knows that outdoor rooms are on the outside.
The challenge, as you have stated it, is how to bring the outdoors in. Or at least to give the appearance that they are inside. This can be done by creating walls that are out side but look as if they are inside, even if the walls that are outside are “landscaped”. In order to pull this off, there needs to be “ceiling” or overhead structure, that extends outwards from the indoor room, the bistro, to the opposing wall. This will be quite a challenge as with any overhead structure light will be blocked. Blocking the natural light is not acceptable in this case.
So the challenge is to bring as much light into the bistro as well as the room that is on the outside of the glass while giving the feeling of a ceiling.
Could be a pergola like structure. There are many possibilities here.
You’re correct. I love this work.
Understanding the orientation of the building to the sun is critical in maximizing natural lighting. What is the orientation of this building?
My guess from the photos is that the Bistro windows face north.
This is an interesting project and challenge. I look forward to following its progress in this blog.