Exercise: Exploring Function
This is the first exercise in the next chapter of my course, Buildings and Spaces. An important aspect of this part of the course is that it is not about architectural photography rather how people use the space that the building form.
I decided to have another look at a building that I had visited before. It’s the National Geographic Shop in Knightsbridge. On the outside it looks like any other shop, it’s only when you go inside that you see how the space is being used to create an area where you can shop, relax and undertake research.
As you can see it looks like a normal shop, as you enter it still looks the same.
Goods that are for sale can be seen together with sets of images, this is the area where people will select what they want shopping with their family.
However as you can just see on the right of the image the other half of the shop is taken up with a seating area, where you can take samples of the books, magazines or other items and look at them as you drink a cup of tea or coffee.
This makes the whole shopping experience a lot more relaxed and enjoyable. Large screen TV hung from the ceiling show clips from DVD’s that are also available.
What was the space designed for:-
- As a retail outlet to sell good and service
- As a place for customers to relax after making purchases
- As a place for partners of shoppers to wait, I think this eases the tension that can build up on long shopping trips.
Does the space work, well I think that this really falls into the two separate areas that I mentioned above.
1. Does the shopping area work well as a shop and
2. Does the coffee shop area work well as a place to relax
I spoke to a number of customers as I took my photographs , they all liked the shop and sitting area.
It does seem to work as most of the people who I saw were looking at the purchases that they had made whilst drinking.
How did I choose my images?
I wanted to show the following areas.
- The outside of the shop
- The entrance
- The area where stock was on display
- The area where people can relax
- How the different areas compliment each other.