Creating multi-functional spaces is easier said than done.
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)