Interlocking Roof: Moving Forward with Construction & Keeping it Portable.


After drafting the paper template for one very long roof stave (28 feet!), I cut & taped cardboard to make a sturdier template. The curves and measurements are accurate, but I discovered that a version cut from plywood will likely be too cumbersome to lift and set in place.

WinePort Roof Pattern 2450

So I thought about TinkerToys! What if I were to make interlocking sections by threading a pipe or conduit through the framing for support. Hmmm…

Interlocking Roof Sketch v1
Fortunately, my neighbor came to the rescue and helped me resolve roof construction details & issues. (It’s important to know that the roof won’t blow off during a microburst!) She also suggested an idea to prevent the tension fabric from putting pressure on the sides of the structure. She is brilliant! How lucky am I to have several helpful neighbors on my team.

Annette Orban

I’m an inventive designer who creates brands that get noticed in this visually-saturated world. My designs are backed up by competitive research before ever putting pen to paper (on the back of a bar napkin). I specialize in packaging design for the food & beverage industry. A love of the third dimension has drawn me into product design and architectural projects. My latest project is The WinePort: A Portable Tasting Room, that I'm building in my own backyard.

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