Flexibility of Use

Ideas contributed evoking a wide range of different uses and the need for there to be flexibility

In an area like this, everything should have more than one use and work for lots of different people with different needs. The area needs to work during the day and at night. It needs to also work in the winter as well as it works in the summer.

Bringing the Open Brief to life. In the future, what are people doing?

Someone is reading a book in peace in a sunny and sheltered spot near the court. Around lunch time a street artist turns up with a guitar and people gather around and eat. Later the same day, 500 people come together to hear a band. #GatheringPlace

Children use sitting places for play – crawling under, climbing upon, hiding behind, peeking around – and people sit on them too! #GatheringPlace #GatheringPlayfully

People navigate a change in level by ramps and steps, the steps become places to perch. #GatheringPlace

In the summer, people flock and sit and bask in the sun. In the winter, shelter from the wind means that when it is cold but sunny, it is possible to sit out and enjoy. #GatheringPlace

Flexibility of Use: Design Challenges

  • Spaces should be designed to allow for flexibility of use. They should enable:-
    • Small activities without people feeling lost or drowned in space – for example a school group having a picnic.
    • Large scales activities such as a performances such as Mystery Plays
  • Spaces and finishes should be designed to allow different activities at different times of day and of the year. For example the court restricts some daytime activities, but not night-time.
  • Design of spaces and enclosure should encourage use all year round, by providing shelter from wind and rain and places to enjoy sunshine in winter but also shade in summer. This needs to be robust and easy to maintain.