Yeah we’ve had an ongoing discussion about it for quite some time now, mainly in-person at the WIPs.
The suggestion that I’ve proposed is to raise it up 2.5 m by the use of @elch 's pipes as vertical supports (planting vines in them) in combination with horizontal metal chains attached to container corners (to keep it from moving sideways + allowing for other things to be hung from the chains).
I’ll make a separate post about it when I have a sketch of what it would look like.
This would allow us to keep it there (both for shade and rain protection when needed) without the current drawback and main criticism of the “walls” segmenting the “courtyard”.
One would be able to move/drive freely underneath it (as long as the pipes are avoided).
Raising the dome will also make it much more visible from the outside which I think will be an improvement aesthetically to the square.
HOWEVER: An economical drawback will be that its new height will make some kind of rented skylift necessary for the mounting and dismounting of the canvas. Safety-wise and workload-wise it would be an upgrade though. And were we to start counting man hours as a real cost than it might not be that much more expensive than the traditional “all hands on deck” approach we’ve relied on so far. I will look into what nearby options we have for renting such equipment (Cramo/Ramirent/Hyresmaskiner etc).
It would also be more expensive (2-3000 SEK) to dismount it for BL.
What we need in order to make this happen:
A decision to pursue this idea (after a sketch has been presented).
An OK from the owner of the dome (Giles Golding). Will check this week.
Budget clearance (I can take time this week to discuss the costs involved with @elch)
Time. I want to finish the woodshop with Jomi before taking this on physically and it’s also heavily reliant on @elch and his availability.
It follows from the points above that I don’t think it’s a good focus in terms of actionable work already for this WIP.