Public Spaces & Retail
Schools, libraries, hospitals, airport halls…. Public spaces have very diverse purposes yet they share a common outcome – they foster this connective tissue that binds us together. Indeed, beyond the service aspect, these are areas where people connect and engage with one another, much needed in today’s growing social disconnection.
Designing public spaces is a highly complexe exercise, for which one size does not fit all. From space planning to lighting to furniture and equipment, all elements help people navigate and eventually choose what type of social interaction they want, on a scale of none to lively. In that sense, seating is central in how people visualize a public space as it gives indications on the nature of the different spaces and their atmosphere.
Don’t assume that seating is seating is seating – providing variety and choice will contribute to welcoming, enjoyable and comfortable environments that will keep users visiting time and again.