We have always been drawn to greenhouses, commercial spaces,
and the open air grand tropical hotel lobbies.
We have been thinking of building a huge (75'x100') macro structure
that we could maintain a tropical feel within, then build rooms
that seamlessly flow in and out of the habitat.
Yesterday, we visited a ClearSpan structure.
It was very bright inside (it was a dark rainy day),
Our design is to have a full concrete slab, with radiant
heat and are in discussions to swap out the fabric
cover for multi-wall Polycarbonate (Lexan) panels to
get an insulative value. This would basically result in
a large greenhouse with high ceilings and no internal
support columns. Then inside we are thinking of rooms that
are kind of free floating, not necessarily connected to each other,
they all open out into the tropical "macro-structure" garden,...
moving between rooms means moving through a
tropical garden. Kind of the feel of an open
air lobby of a grand tropic island hotel.
The goal environment would be warm
enough for shorts year round, but not
uncomfortably hot or humid.