This is a unique design proposal to suit the given brief of curved + angular roof. The client suggested avoiding rectangular spaces, so the whole courtyard space is designed keeping that in mind. Except the rectangle area of the sliding folding door and the sauna, nothing is rectangular.
The roof is designed to match the opposite slopes of both the bedroom and the garage. It converges into a valley from diagonally opposite ends and the water runs downwards in two directions – one follows the gutter of the bedroom roof and the other drips outside on the ground.
The central part of both the slopes of the roof is kept flexible to suit the weather. It is a semi-circular door-like structure hinged at the central beam and can be latched onto semi-circular frames. It is akin to a two-way corner door (a single door that serves two spaces in some residences). The ‘shutter’ which latches on the semi-circular frames can be removed and replaced during the change of seasons: For example, using glass shutters in winters for getting more sunlight and using plywood shutters in summers to block the sunlight.
The circular portion of the roof is formed by two circular frames intersecting at the central beam. These form two frames for each shutter. When the shutter is attached to the lower frame, it creates a vent from which the heat accumulated in the courtyard can escape by rising upwards. One or both the shutters can be kept upwards or downwards depending on the season. They can be latched on the frame like regular doors.
The structure of the roof is supported from the steel roofs of the bedrooms and the garage and/or their respective walls. It could be made in aluminium or steel sections or wood, depending on the budget and availability of labour and skill. The whole roof would need to be customized to the site, as it is a unique form designed to suit the quadrilateral of the courtyard. The transparent part of the roof could be either Fibre-Reinforced Plastic, which is usually translucent and the thickness of more than 6 mm can resist hail up to a certain extent. Another alternative is toughened glass which can be more expensive than FRP to customize each unit, but would be completely transparent and aesthetically pleasing.
The semi-circular shutters could be either glass or plywood or waterproof tensile fabric. The shutters can also be louvres to permit airflow but block direct sunlight. Basically they can be any material that doors/windows can be made of (except non-toughened glass).
Also hooks could be provided at strategic locations over the framing and a tensile-fabric could be stretched over the transparent area to keep it shaded in summers.
The entire courtyard opens to the rock wall by sliding folding doors which fold on either side and the space can be completely open or semi-closed if required. The sauna is located near the window to avoid obstruction of view from the interiors. The rest of the furniture layout is flexible.
Overall, the design provides a lot of alternatives and flexibility for materials, shading and layout.
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