Planning for a gathering space isn’t as easy as people think. It’s tempting to fall victim to a thought process that it’s just a room.
Large spaces like churches are using technologies more and more as time goes on. With 77.32% using Twitter and 98.97% using Facebook, technology has become increasingly central to making a gathering space what it is.
How can you design a gathering space with technological and spatial longevity in mind? We know a few ways.
It’s 2018, your gathering space isn’t being used for a singular purpose. Design it with that in mind from the get-go. Not only the physical room but the technological elements should all be designed and installed to accommodate a room that can have several potential uses. When your space is adaptable, no event, nor their needs, will come as a surprise. Stay up to date on that tech, too. It updates at blinding speed.
Things like HDMI cable wall plates and equally convenient electronic accessories make for easier accessibility. Technology is the center of most modern gathering spaces, especially in the realm of audiovisual needs. Make sure those needs are easy and seamless to address regardless of how the room is set up or what it’s being used for. Lack of accessibility to technology is a silent killer. Make sure you’re keeping every angle in mind when dispersing your tech in the room.
We can be a little superficial here. Once your planning is done and HDMI cable wall plates are installed in the perfect places, it just looks better. Believe it or not, people notice visible design details in a room. While being essential to operating vital technologies in the room, there aren’t any errant wires dangling around causing a scene. Details are everything. Most importantly, details from electrical components to the color of the walls are totally in your control. Make it sparkle, make it sleek.
How we use space is rooted in knowing that human beings are unpredictable. Preparation in the face of that unpredictability helps steer us away from saying “oh, why didn’t I think of that?” down the road. Think of it now, design it, build it, and host events. Nothing is ever perfect, but with a well-rounded strategy from the start, you’ll be real close.