[Tagging] [Indoor] is indoor=level walled ?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Fri Jul 26 11:39:57 UTC 2019

Am Fr., 26. Juli 2019 um 13:18 Uhr schrieb Martin Koppenhoefer <
dieterdreist at gmail.com>:

> no, I would put it like this: the ground floor is still part of the
> building, but it is outside. Like a balcony for example. Would you say a
> balcony is "inside"?

I guess this was too short, here's a more exhaustive take on the typical

1. iconic building by le Corbu:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/a/af/Villa_Savoye_2015.jpg This
is a typical example for a raised modernist building.
the space where you can see chairs is IMHO clearly not "indoor", I would
tend to accept it is part of the building (because it is
"created"/delimited by the building and intended as usuable space), but you
could also argue it is part of the garden, the architect even emphasizes
this by using the same pavement as for the driveway (at least it looks like
this on the picture).

These are typically cases where the building is raised above the ground in
order to make use of a covered outdoor space, e.g. to use it as part of the
garden, or to park a car, or as common space for the residents.

2. reconstruction of prehistoric raised buildings inside the Lake of
I would tend to count the outdoor space below the "house" as not being part
of the building (conceptually, the building is standing on legs, and while
the legs are part of it, the area where they stand could be considered as
not part of it). The area not being usable/accessible contributes to this
There are similar examples all over the world, e.g. here:
http://bilder.net/bild-h%c3%bctte-urwald-orinoco-2335.jpg or here
These are generally cases where the building is raised above a "hostile"
environment, e.g. to protect it from water, wild animals, enemies, or to
create a level surface in an inclined surrounding. Typically the space
below is not used in these cases. I would not consider the (unmodified /
unaltered) ground below the building to be part of the building.

In all cases, I would not consider these indoor spaces, because they can
not be heated or cooled, while you may be protected from the sun and
precipitation you will still feel more outside than inside, typically.

I acknowledge there are many different situations and you will have to
assess these individually, there will surely be a lot of edge cases. How
you see them may also depend on the climate in the area in general, e.g.
there are also lots of houses that are neither cooled nor heated, and some
may have openings that cannot be closed rather than windows.

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