The job of an architect is not as easy as it might seem. Addressing complex issues related to infrastructure and coming up with logical and effective solutions is just a part of what defines the roles of an architect. When it comes to designing commercial spaces, the skills and perspectives required are different from those for residential projects.
While designing commercial spaces like shopping malls, one of the major problems can be the flawed and disorganized designing approach. So, while designing such spaces, architects must keep in mind the requirements and then plan accordingly.
Let us look at a few things to keep in mind while designing a shopping mall.
- Conceptual clarity
Having conceptual clarity is about having a crystal-clear image of what you want or what’s expected of you. Like mentioned before, the parameters are different when it comes to commercial spaces. One needs to consider the size of the shopping mall, positioning and directions and the connectivity too. So, before an architect kicks off the project, he must be clear about the demographics, land size, and most importantly the customer expectations. All these aspects will ensure smooth functioning of the project with the right approach.
- Choosing professionals
No matter how good you are at designing, unless you’re an architect or a professional, you may leave out certain significant steps. Hiring a mall expert, for instance, can help you gain remarkable insights which can again help you design the mall. A shopping mall expert will be able to offer in-depth knowledge and solutions to the structural issues that you may face. Therefore, it is always advisable to appoint a shopping mall specialist before commencing work.
- Hiring an architect
It is usually the architect who comes under heavy fire when any design fails. In case of a shopping mall too, the architects are often held responsible if the design fails. So, it is imperative that you hire the right architect by doing some research about his/her previous projects, referrals and testimonials. Apart from this, issuing accurate, efficient and understandable design briefs to the architect is also necessary. All the necessary details and requirements must be enlisted in the briefs.
When it comes to commercial spaces, the architecture differs, and hence, the architects have to think and act differently. In this regard, Retail architects Stendel + Reich offer effective approach and quick solutions for commercial spaces.