Serenity Gardens 101 : 'The Lure of a Sheltered Corner'
When you walk into a restaurant where do you want to sit?
This is what I ask my college classes in my intro to 'Working with Outdoor Space'. The answer is always something like, "in a corner, away from the kitchen, not in the middle of the room, with a nice view of the surroundings or outside'....
Such a layout is discussed at length in the 'bible' of environmental design called, 'A Pattern Language', by Christopher Alexander, et al. This enlightening guide gives illuminating answers to design issues of all kinds, from the proper windowsill height to the optimal arrangement of towns. It is a 'must have' book for anyone seriously interested in building and outdoor design.
In the section called, 'Hierarchy of Open Space,' the authors describe the best layout for an outdoor terrace:
I call this arrangement 'the Lure of the Sheltered Corner'. It appeals to our inherent desire for an open 'sanctuary' where we can relax.
Serenity gardens 101 is now finished . You get an 'A'.
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