Building Space

Commercial Interior Space Designing-II 4(1+3)

Building Space

There are many different types of spaces in a building, and each type of space has its own characteristics and requirements. Building space types are also linked to related building types and resource that explain strategies, technologies, and emerging issues relevant to those specific buildings. Any space defined for a particular utility should be accessible, aesthetics, economical, functional, productive, secure and safe, and sustainable. Their interrelationship to the building type must be understood, evaluated, and appropriately applied within the spaces. These may include atrium, lobby, auditorium, child care clinic, fitness centre, classroom, conference room, courtroom, food service courts, warehouse or storage, retail shop, laboratory, office, parking, private toilet and many more based on the purpose of building.


Are typically used as key architectural features in main entries, public circulation areas or as special destinations within a building. Atrium design often involves skylights and generous glazing areas that provide an infusion of natural light which make them a prominent building areas well suited to serve ceremonial and social functions.

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Lobby space

Type includes foyers, entries to halls, and security screening areas at or near the entrance to a building or demarcated space, and are meant to welcome and direct tenants and visitors, control access, and provide exit ways from buildings. This space type is often designed with both secure and non-secure areas. The lobby space type does not include staircase, lift, escalator but lead to internal lobbies. Building lobbies often serve as the "public face" of building interiors.

Auditorium space

Type spaces are designed to accommodate large audiences. Auditorium facilities may include assembly halls, exhibit halls, auditoriums, and theaters. As such, they tend to have wide spans and are multiple-stories high in order to accommodate seating, sightline, and acoustical requirements. These may include features such as sound reinforcement systems, audiovisual systems and projection screens.

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Child Care spaces

Should be secure environments that provide a variety of learning experiences and meet the physical needs of the children. It should have space for indoor and outdoor play equipment and durable goods including cots and cribs, chairs and other seating devices, furniture, academic equipment, presentation equipment, audiovisual equipment, computer equipment, food service, and hygiene equipment.

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Office Space

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