Elements of an integrated (and awesome) lobby…

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Lobbies are obvious meeting places for groups of all types and size. Space planning to create furnished and unfurnished zones, which accommodate those groups is essential to the functionality of a lobby. As designers, we pay close consideration to the potential users and function of each area we design. Here are a few of the elements that make up a successfully integrated lobby design:

1) Working zones: with the introduction of wifi, people are now working (and playing), online from just about anywhere. Whether your lobby is that of a hotel, condo or office building. Providing semi-private spaces for comfortable work is an enormous asset.

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Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown www.marriot.com

2) Conversation groupings: lobby spaces are undoubtedly better when they are utilized. Encouraging visitors to stay and interact, even if only for a short time, can be beneficial in many instances. Be sure to provide space or other subtle barriers between some conversation areas for privacy.

3) Entertainment hubs: again, in an effort to increase usability, some lobbies may want to consider installing an entertainment hub. Depending on who the typical visitor may be, an entertainment hub could include such items as; televisions, computers, children’s play equipment, etc.

Hotel Lobby
Double Tree by Hilton Boston www.doubletree3.hilton.com

4) Open areas: to accommodate large and small groups in transition from one space to the next. Should be positioned in areas where traffic might be slowed or stop (ex. main entrance, reception desk, near entertainment hubs)

The placement of the above mentioned elements is also critical in the design of a successful lobby. For information on how to successfully integrate these elements, contact Niche for design! info@nichefordesign.com