Design a hip & practical outdoor patio space for a new university student apartment building, approximate dimensions of patio area are 20' X 150'.
This new building is currently under construction. Now that the building is coming out of the ground we have discovered some new key elements, notably:
1) There is a 3 foot elevation change between the 15'wide concrete patio and the 5' planting beds. This requires a fence of knee wall to prevent users from falling and getting hurt.
2) The 3 foot elevated patio means you have an awkward view over the 6ft privacy fence... therefore the planting beds must include very tall plants to hide the view of neighboring properties and their parking lots.
3) The large planting bed at the right hand side of the patio area was created to hide the view of the parking lot ramps. As it turns out, you don't tend to look down but rather through the building and the buildings archways create a pleasant framed view.
1) Small intimate spaces to reduce large group congregations
2) Dining, Lounge and BBQ/outdoor kitchen area
3) 8' fence around perimeter for privacy and security
4) Electronic gate at entrance for privacy and security
5) 36 to 42" fence at edge of pavement for safety (3 foot elevation change between concrete patio and planting area)
6) Outdoor furniture must be secured to the ground to prevent theft
7) All landscape material must be evergreen whenever possible as the property must look at it's best during the leasing season (winter in Zone 7, NJ USA)
8) Incorporate lighting
9) Low maintenance. i.e. no umbrellas, throw pillows, etc, to be maintained by management. Permanent sails and the like are okay.
10) Keep activity away from first floor apartment windows
11) 15' X 150' is a concrete floor (must remain as this is the roof of the subterranean parking garage)
1) Incorporate two (2x) gas BBQ grills with lighting. Management will provide and maintain this area but can't be there 24/7, therefore thought should be given to how young adults might use this space, how they might be encouraged to keep it neat or how to hide it from view of passersby
2) Automatic sprinkler system will be installed
3) Note the large subterranean parking lot fan wells, these will likely create noise and limit rear lot line planting options.
Finally, Surprise us with your creative ideas for other uses of the rear patio that don't create management challenges.