David A. Gross AIA

If people need a secure, protected place which permits an overview of the world beyond . . .

Then, create a comfortable enclosed space, or range of spaces, within the building with views to the outside.

Humans possess an ancient need to look out and down on the outside world from a position of advantage and safety.

Make inhabitants feel less visible from outside with deep space and low light.

Thick and massive structure reinforces the feeling of security.

The refuge should be slightly elevated above the outlook.

Temper the refuge environment: a sunny window seat in winter, a shady covered porch in summer.

A covered porch with the following features exemplifies “Refuge and Outlook”: solid wall behind, roof above, substantial support columns, railing around perimeter, generous depth, slightly elevated.

1.1 inhabit the Site

1.6 Sheltering Roof

David A. Gross / 970-901-988 / 1631 Emerson Street 309, Denver CO 80218

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