Configuration

Examples of L-shaped spaces might include a major entertaining space with a small seating area to the side (left side of Figure 8—16), or a wood deck with an eating area and an observation area adjacent to it (right side of Figure 8—16). Figure 8-15
Characteristics of a space with an "L-shaped" configuration. Complex Configuration A third possible configuration for outdoor space is com­posed of an edge that has many variations in its alignment (Figure 8—17). When this is done with an outdoor entertaining space, small pockets of space (the “pushes”) for small intimate groupings are created around the perimeter of the central space (Figure 8—18). L-Shaped Configuration As the name implies, a space with this configuration bends around a corner (Figure 8—14) and establishes two smaller subspaces in the legs of the “L” while still maintaining a sense of connection between them. These edge variations or “pushes and pulls” add variety to the space they surround. A feeling of mystery is created by what lies hidden around the corner (left side of Figure 8—15). Configuration is the general shape of a space. Another example of a complex configu­ration is a wood deck designed to provide several different and unique views into the surrounding landscape (Figure 8—19). Configuration is similar to proportion in that it is concerned with the outline of a space, although in more detail. A space with an “L” configuration can offer a sense of intrigue because each subspace may not be entirely apparent as viewed from the other subspace. A simple configuration is most suitable for gathering spaces such as an eating area or an outdoor entry foyer. However, configuration does not refer to the specific form of a space, such as whether an area is round, square, curved, or an­gled. Some basic plan configurations are described and il­lustrated in the following paragraphs.

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