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 to get noticed. My designs are backed up by competitive research before ever putting pen to paper (on the back of a bar napkin). I enjoy creating packaging design for the food & beverage industry. A love of organic architecture has drawn me into architectural projects. My latest project is The WinePort: A Portable Tasting Room, that I built in my own backyard.

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