5 New Small Building Ideas for Architects

Here’s 5  new small building ideas Architects, Designers and Developers can use in 2011.

One. “Show your sustainability”

Go alfresco if you’re designing a restaurant or an outdoor classroom incorporating it with a large shade structure would be a great way to show people how sustainable you are.

Two. “Park it  right here”.

Some ideas for designers and developers would be to incorporate a shade structure over parking lots to reduce the heat island effect also to provide an area for added revenue. Pay for shade or shelter.

Three. Human comfort?

No matter where you happen to be, human comfort is key. Take for example watching a local sporting event. No luxury boxes or suites. A Great opportunity for many local school clubs, public and private schools would be to incorporate a fabric structure over pre-engineered metal bleacher system or at your sports complex. The seating canopy can be sponsored or donated and could become a main feature of your facility.

Four.  “Transit Stop Here”.

How many people can fit in your a bus shelter booths?

I recently stopped by a New Jersey Transit bus stop in Wayne, New Jersey and noticed these pre-engineered bus stop shelter booths that are typically seen around the country. They never seem big enough to handle the capacity of riders and are sometimes lost when they are blocked by SUV’s and Trucks. I propose a larger structure be placed over them to incorporate overflow and provide a visual icon as a means for signage and way finding.

Five: Go inside and play

All this talk about building made me think of the  inside too. Renovation are certainly needed around the country. Have you noticed how many commercial building are for sale or rent. Dormant buildings need new life and a building’s function will need to change as well. Take a spec building and turn it into some thing else with fabric. Soft walls and “rooms within a room” can save both time and money.

Advice to Architects, Developers and Building owners?

Lets keep dreaming of new and exciting ways to build,  rebuild and celebrate life.


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