There are a lot of steps that a person needs to take when designing anything. Whether it is something as small as a showpiece that is supposed to adorn your rooms or it is an entire building that is going to accommodate hundreds of people. There are a lot of factors that might affect the design of the building. If even a single factor is missed, it might undermine all the hard work, time, and money that you put into designing and then building it.
Where to start?
So, what is the first thing that you need to have in order to design a building—a public building?
The number one thing that should be on your mind should be the concept of the building. It is the basic idea that will make sure that you stay in a specific direction and not make a U-turn in the middle of the project or maybe lose your sense of direction. Start with a basic idea, and as time goes by, you can make the changes that you want so that you build upon the concept.
When you are coming up with a basic design and then adding to it, there are several things that you will need to keep in mind.
One of the most important things that you will have to consider is safety. Make sure that the building that you are designing has fire escapes, fire suppression systems, and other elements that are necessary to keep the people in the building safe and secure.
Another aspect that you have to keep in mind is the climate and the environment of the area or city where you are going to build. Whether that place receives a lot of showers or snow will determine what type of materials you have to use. It will also define what kind of systems to integrate like gutters, downspouts, and many more.
People are giving more and more importance to their carbon footprints, and it is only going to increase over time. Thus, when you are designing the building, you have to have the proper knowledge of how to create green and sustainable architecture. You should study all the ways of implementing renewable energy systems from solar and wind energy. Don’t worry if you cannot apply these systems to power the entire building. You can integrate these systems with passive strategies
Keep it simple
Being creative doesn’t mean creating something complex and complicated. Remember that it is a public building. Especially in the initial stages of the project, try to keep it as simple as possible. The simpler it is, the more you can add to it later on based on future predictions. For example, if you suddenly receive news that more budget has been approved for the project, you can take your simple idea and build on it as much as you want. Remember that you can only do this once. There are no do-overs.
Make it accessible for everyone
Another thing to remember when designing a public building is that there will be all types of people coming and going from the building. A professionally designed building will provide a safe and easy space for people to move through. These include people with disabilities.
Create pathways and other vital structures that will make it easy for anyone and everyone to access the entire building.
Create harmony with the other buildings around the block
Being creative doesn’t always mean that you design something that sticks out like a sore thumb. Make sure that your building design doesn’t stick out and instead feels like a part of the city block where you are building it. It will add to its overall aesthetic value and create a sense of belonging and community.
Designing a public building is a lot to take upon yourself. But if you follow these tips and ensure everything before you start the actual process, you will end up with an artistic piece of work. We can bet that your project, after its completion, will be pleasing to the eye as well as easy to access and environment friendly.