Commercial outdoor space design

 In Opening Louvred Roof

3 things to consider

Commercial space rates being what they are these days means that if you’re a developer, architect or commercial designer, you’re going to want to maximise the potential use of as much space as possible. You want to create a space that doubles as much as ‘inside’ on a wet day as it does ‘outside’ on a glorious one.

“What attracts people most, it would appear, is other people”

William H Whyte.


So what do you need to consider when you’re aiming to achieve a spectacular commercial outdoor space design?

  1. Flexibility

    You want your design to create flexibility for your venue (or clients) but you also want it to be robust enough that it can withstand change and constant use on a daily basis. Consider a fully retractable open and close roof, adding a glass wall, removing a fixed roof  to allow the outdoors in. A flexible design is more likely to remain a modern commercial outdoor space in design.

  2. Orientation & solar amenity

    Now sometimes you get no say in where an outdoor space is going to be located at design stage, and sometimes not. But obviously you’re aiming to maximise your space’s solar amenity. After all, unless you’re building a wine cellar or rooftop cinema (it could happen), you’re probably not going to be aiming to keep the space as dark and cold as possible.

  3. Solar safety

    Speaking of solar amenity, we Aussies love our outdoors and glorious sunshine. But did you know that Australia ranks 2nd in the world for melanoma – a deadly form of skin cancer? So you want your commercial outdoor space design to be a space where you can let the light in, but block harmful UV rays in the heat of the day is becoming more of a consideration. And especially when you’re designing for dining opportunities. Big floppy hats are an essential at the beach, but not so much when you’re dining with friends, who would like to see you, not your hat.

    If you’d like to learn more about how working with a Tecnic Retractable Fabric Roofs can help you achieve more flexibility for your commercial outdoor space design, we’d be delighted to talk to you. You can call us on 1300 78 28 78 or get in touch.


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