Commercial architecture has been a thriving field for decades now. Not only are commercial spaces in great demand, but as a result, so are commercial architects. The purpose of commercial architecture is to construct buildings and spaces for commercial use. This is undoubtedly different from residential buildings as there are numerous aspects which differ. Thus, a commercial architect who designs office spaces, shopping malls, factories, hospitals and hotels, has to take into account the space optimization, building codes, functionality, safety and city regulations and much more.
Let us, therefore, take a look at a few things to keep in mind while designing a factory.
- Meeting the space requirements
When we think of a factory, we think of a huge, enormous space with several business activities going inside. The size of a factory building depends on the space requirements for storage, machinery and for the movement of workers. An architect also has to consider the height of the factory given the nature of activities and business. So, the height of the ceiling may depend on the type of equipment to be used. With special structures, additional costs accrue.
Ventilation is one of the most significant factors to keep in mind while designing a factory building. Several large plants provide separate structures for the accommodation of high-pressure boilers, whose size depend on the production requirements. In such situations, it is imperative for the building to have a proper ventilation system in place. The ventilation system keeps the temperature, pressure and humidity within the building under control. Apart from ventilation, the air conditioning is yet another factor to consider, as it is quite common in factory buildings. But while installing air conditioners, specific codes and laws have to be abided by.
- Future expansion
While planning the layout of a factory building, sufficient thought must be given to future expansion. If there are any chances that multi-storied buildings may be expanded with additional floors, the original structure must have sufficient footing to bear that kind of weight. In this regard, Architecte usine Stendel + Reich can help you future-proof your plan.
- Fire protection
Fire protection has become a mandatory requirement when it comes to designing commercial as well as residential spaces. Fire protection systems differ from fire extinguishers, so architects have to plan the structure accordingly.
Apart from the aforementioned factors, there are several other aspects that must be considered, especially while designing a commercial building.