Walk before you run - Why is space planning so critical?
Updated: Jan 13, 2020
One of the most crucial steps in any interior design or architectural project (no matter the size or function of the space) is planning. Without a thorough space planning feasibility study, there are certain to be numerous setbacks throughout the duration of the project - and the end result won’t fulfill the client’s original goals.
Why is this step so Important?
It starts with an in-depth analysis of how the space is to be used; we take every aspect of the building into consideration. The designer then draws up a plan that will define each zone within the space and the activities that will take place in those zones. Who will use the space and how will the space be used? The exercise defines the circulation patterns that show how people will move through the space. By taking a microscope to every little detail prior to taking action, future issues and costly mistakes can be avoided down the line.
Space Planning - Experimenting with Spatial Options
Space planning studies pick apart the practicality and viability of the project, and shine a light on potential red flags. It’s not all doom and gloom, though - the study can also highlight potential successes and offer effective alternatives to problems. Ultimately, feasibility planning decides whether your project has the green light to go ahead - or whether certain aspects and stumbling blocks need to be dealt with first.
A new project is a blank canvas with numerous boxes to tick. For a business or venue to run successfully, the space needs to work and flow effectively. If a space isn’t properly assessed and planned, it can lead to a clumsy, overcrowded or unpractical design that can’t fulfill its intended use.
Purpose and Use of Spaces
When space planning, we take countless aspects into consideration. The function and operational use of the space, the footfall and customer journey, the furniture or equipment required and design elements such as natural light available, colour palette, accessibility, allowing for services to run to the required areas, complying with buildings regulations, intended atmosphere or style and a multitude of other considerations.
First the purpose of the space needs to be defined. A building might be commercial, industrial or residential. Structures with different purposes have very different space needs and their use will help determine how the space is proportioned.
Who will use the space is the next consideration. Buildings and spaces are for people after all so we need to know how people will spend their time there and how people will move through the space.
Effective space planning is a rewarding, refreshing and ultimately crucial step in our design process, allowing designers to solve puzzles whilst they design the space and dictating how the project can align with the client’s vision.
Leave it to the Experts
At Fisch Design, we pride ourselves on our fresh, creative perspective. We take genuine enjoyment in undertaking feasibility studies, as we love to uncover all the untapped potential in blank spaces, or reinvent existing venues to give them a new lease of life. Our passion and enthusiasm is always evident in the final product - head over to our portfolio to browse a handpicked selection of our favourite past projects. We’re ready to help bring your vision to life, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
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