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Design Pattern: Flexible Spaces
 
 

Flexible Spaces

Creating multi-functional spaces is easier said than done.

Flexible Spaces For example, one of the most common multifunctional spaces in school is the “cafetorium” which is a cafeteria with a stage at one end.

While this kind of space may work sometimes, user communities are often unhappy with this particular combination of uses. With the number of hours that are scheduled for food service, the utility of the space as a place for performances, music and drama is severely compromised. On top of that, is is hard to reconcile the different ambiances that cafeterias and auditoriums need.

To learn more, order The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools (Nair, Fielding)


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Learning Studio

Learning Suite

Small Learning Community

Welcoming Entry

Student Display Space

Home Base and Individual Storage

Physical Fitness

Science Labs, Art Labs, and Life Skills Areas

Art, Music, Performance

Casual Eating Areas

Transparency

Interior and Exterior Vistas

Dispersed Technology

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Furniture: Soft Seating

Flexible Spaces

Campfire Space

Watering Hole Space

Cave Space

Designing for Multiple Intelligences

Daylight and Solar Energy

Natural Ventilation

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