Because the essence of architecture is the provision of shelter, the roof configuration takes on a great significance in the approach to building design. In the early sixties, Brooks created a sequence of structures using what he called “Petal Roofs”— an architectural vocabulary that began with the construction of the Donchin Residence in Orinda, California. Like many flower and leaf arrangements in nature, the roof overhangs did not extend as a continuous element surrounding the stalk, but instead, cantilevered off the building perimeter, supporting walls as flat roof elements or “Petals”— a solution that not only created a distinctive visual feature by allowing greater extension of overhangs, but eliminated the difficulty of framing the expected roof overhang corners. These same flat roofs could be extended into the interior and used as “horizontal trusses” to resist the heavy downward thrust from the accompanying pyramid dome. These “Petals” and “Domes” became an important vocabulary in the early work of the architect and culminated in the beautiful petal roof of the Lafayette Reservoir Boathouse
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Walter Thomas Brooks