Comparative floorplan-analysis in programming and architectural design

Theo J.M. van der Voordt, Dick Vrielink, Herman B.R. van Wegen
  • Design Studies, January 1997, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/s0142-694x(96)00016-6

Comparative floorplan-analysis and POE in programming and architectural design

What is it about?

Every floorplan may be regarded as a reflection of the goals and activities of the users as interpreted by the architect. By comparing a wide range of building layouts for similar organizations one may achieve a good understanding of the ways in which goals and values can be expressed in spatial solutions. It offers the opportunity to develop a spatiofunctional typology of design solutions. Postoccupancy evaluations focusing on underlying arguments and user experiences with different design solutions give insight into relevant points of decision, (dis)advantages for use and perception, and (dis)congruencies between spatial systems and social systems. This article demonstrates how an integration of ,comparative floorplan-analysis and postoccupancy evaluation may contribute to more soundly based solutions in programming and architectural design. The relationship between spatial and social configurations is illuminated by an analysis of the floorplans of two schools with different educational systems and the spatial implications of a shift from a medical care concept into a residential care concept in nursing homes.

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