Shared Lobby Design

Most commercial buildings in the urban environment today have a mix of uses; combining residential, office, hotel, retail, and/or entertainment. Mixing uses within one building creates many efficiencies for both the building infrastructure and programming. But no matter how much of the building can be shared, each unique use still requires its own lobby and street presence.

The first step is to prioritize which use should adjoin which street. For example, retail rents are based on storefront width and traffic. Office lobbies require street exposure for visitor wayfinding and cache. A hotel also requires exposure for visitors as well as off-street loading access. And a residential apartment lobby requires the least exposure due to the familiarity of its residents and relative lower percentage of visitors.

The second step is to fulfill all the life/safety and security requirements for the building such as fire department access, egress from the stair towers, accessibility and security. It is critical that these items be determined early in the design process so as not to conflict with the priorities set above.

The third step is to find the most efficient way to service each lobby by creating connections between the uses. For example, elevator access from the ground floor restaurant to the amenity, residential and office floors creates a distinct marketing advantage for your building.

A successful mixed use building starts with a successful mixed use lobby.

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