“Architecture is a discipline that takes time and patience. If one spends enough years writing complex novels one might be able, someday, to construct a respectable haiku.”
In this brave new .com / Instagram / tweeting / LinkedIn world, the profession of architecture – of necessity an exceedingly long and patient enterprise – is a bit of an anomaly. Most building construction is a slow and sometimes painful process, especially when one‘s practice is centered on residential design, in snow and earthquake county, as ours is.
But not everything is Silly Putty in winter, even with temperatures dropping and the famous Jackson Hole white stuff swirling. Yes, Virginia, there is a source of instant gratification in the building process. Well, at least close to instant (after all, this is the building industry).
The answer? Precast concrete panels.
The scenario is thus: we have a concrete garage structure onto which we wish to build an exterior roof deck with a green roof.
This photo shows the prepared walls in place, with the very first plank flying in place.
Remember that a useful garage has as few or no columns to run into after a bit too much sherry at lunch. Remember also that we are located in snow and earthquake country. This indicates that we need a roof system that is still to resist lateral loads, strong to span across a typical garage floor plan readily available and cost effective are reasonable requirements as well.
Follow along as we set a brace of these in place at Teton Village in Jackson Hole Wyoming in the middle of winter at twenty degrees below zero all in one day…………………………
A stack of planks queuing up for placement
Plank #2 going down
The penultimate plank going down.
The holes in the planks are for the future addition of roof drains that will positively drain the green roof. Stay tuned for the next installment of the walking surface, inner parapet wall, and native grass sod.
Perhaps not a respectable enough haiku to please Thom Mayne, but a damn gratifying effort for a day’s work.