Room Layouts are Important

So I was listening to some young’uns on the train the other day, who must have been either young graduates or students doing work experience. They were talking about their work and how they ‘only get to do room layouts’. They really want to design… *sigh* There are so many pieces of documentation and information which make up a ‘set’ for the builder to create a design, and each piece is so important.
When the owner/user first walks into the completed building, it is the room layout they see first. You have that chance during documentation to really finish off the building – to line the mechanical grilles up, ensure the power points are in the right place, create usable furniture, ensure that when your client enters the room they are impressed and understand the architecture. Look at Gaudi’s work, or even Gehry’s – they would be nowhere near as impressive without the details provided by the room layouts.
EVERY drawing and speci you provide for a working set is important, no item sits in isolation. To complete the ‘best’ building, you need the best set of documents. So, please, create the best set of room layouts you can. Understand what it will feel like for your users in that space. Architecture is not just an external aesthetic – so much of architecture is a feeling (‘the vibe’!!) of light and space and colour and proportion and scale, which you design when you are drawing a room layout.
If you want to ‘design’ a building, you need to design all of it. You need to think about where the toilet roll holders are going and where the fridge is going to fit and how the bulkheads are going to line up and how services will coordinate. It is really so important, and you should feel lucky you get to draw such an important client-related item.
So please try. Realise every drawing is important and make that drawing the best for your client, and the users. The building won’t be the same without it.

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5 thoughts on “Room Layouts are Important

  1. Yes (yes yes yes)
    Yes – well said !

    (as one who still does a huge amount of his own drawings – when I bring someone in, I expect them to craft the drawing in the same way that we want the building crafted by the builder. Sloppy drawings lead to sloppy building – it doesn’t take much intelligence to work out the consequences when that is applied to room layouts and elevations)

  2. Well said. A building to be used – lived in…wish you had designed our home! I like the way you think. Light is important. Beauty is important. But you only have to live in a house a few days to see that seemingly boring things like placement of powerpoints and having enough room to put up enough towel rails in the bathroom is also important! Its the whole package.

  3. Wonderful post. Every activity or task has a design impact even though for some it may not appear that way. Good design does not happen by accident – at least not in working drawings!

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