Welcoming spaces. Welcoming
spaces increase occupant satisfaction and foster interaction, which is
especially encouraged in a multi-program facility. To enhance a culture of
collaboration, the building itself can
be used as a passive tool, encouraging
groups to work together and share
space. A strategically placed breakout
space or faculty prep area creates
natural moments of engagement interaction. How spaces are located and
programmed directs how individuals
move through and interact with the
building and others within.
Main street—inside and out.
Layouts such as a “main street”—a
central corridor with elevators, re-strooms and breakout areas along the
edge—intentionally creates a primary
natural flow of movement through
the space, with strategically placed
locations for pauses to interact. Outdoor spaces are another design feature that has special effect in a science
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