The Fusion of the Private Zone and the Public Realm at Café Solstice

by Basel Ismail

Location: 4116 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

The patio structure of Café Solstice is one of the best examples of private businesses that fuse the public life and their private property into each other. It does this in such a balanced way that makes it very different from other structures, such as the glass walls or outdoor tables. The patio of Café Solstice accomplishes this effect while, at the same time, still providing a sense of separation from the street. This is done by using very simple and straight-forward elements such as the roof cover over the patio, the fence that borders it, the step that elevates it above the street level, and the change of its paving pattern, color, and material.

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