Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Welcoming entrances - not with toilets!

So what's the first thing you notice when you visit new offices, buildings, schools etc. Decor, the welcoming entrance, the reception area... It makes an impression...

Visiting some offices recently in London with no reception area I could not help but notice that literally the first thing you see as you go through the front door are really rather unpleasant, elderly, shared toilets - and as one climbs up every floor, there are more opening straight onto the stairs .... it's not good!
What is bizarre is that the office spaces are lovely, glazed, light, airy and really very trendy places. It is certainly more than can be said about the bathrooms!
I always just wonder why, when converting cramped spaces into great creative work spaces, people don't think about bathrooms as well. Why is that?

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