The impact of windows on architecture can be underestimated. While their primary purpose is to provide natural light, ventilation and protection from the elements, they significantly contribute to the character of a house. Modern windows are designed to be more energy efficient while functioning as trim, punctuation marks, statements of quality and expressions of style.
Our homes today are afforded luxuries our ancestors living in primitive huts could scarcely imagine. Works of architecture are limited more by economics than they are by physics; less by climate than by image. What we can imagine, we can build. But what then shapes our homes if prior influences of climate — temperature and precipitation — are less relevant than ever in the face of new building technologies and materials? How do we allocate the assets of design in service of our need for shelter?
Construction has started at B-52 Burgers and Brew in Inver Grove Heights to add a 2,300-square-foot rooftop, which will be able to seat 100 people and have its own bar space.
Restaurant Co-owner Mike McMahon said once finished, B-52 Burgers and Brew will be the first restaurant in the city with a rooftop patio. He hopes to have the space open by late June.