Designers know that form follows function and that aesthetics add value, therefore a square room with a small kitchen and finished with typical wallcovering and carpet is a classic example of “it is what it is” and it’s not very appealing or valuable. So what would be a better design for these rooms? Let’s start first by opening up the door with availability.
If the space was open for use most of the time, it would automatically expand the limited function of the room from just a party room. Availability would mean the usage would have to be variable for day and night and desirable for both, a multi-function common space. The idea is not to eliminate the ability to have a private function, but to enhance the existing facility to include everyday benefits.
It’s already equipped with a kitchen, tables and chairs, how about a little service please? A private vendor could make use of the kitchen and serve a limited daily menu – a quick breakfast and coffee in the morning, coffee and biscuits in the afternoon or a fresh health shake or power bar after exercise. With the installation of a second lockable fridge and a roll down pantry, the space receives a major upgrade for the use and value of the facility.