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Turning an elevator "lobby" into a lobby; Part 1

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A lobby is a public space typically defined as a waiting room, foyer, or entrance to a building. In highrise buildings there are several lobbies. The main lobby, located on the ground level, greets visitors and residents alike. It is the place where people receive direction for the entire building. On each of the upper levels there are smaller more private lobbies. These are the elevator lobbies. Same definition, yet the space is solely designed to direct traffic for each individual floor.

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Because lobbies are the hub of a space, they generally command a different look than the hallways that are connected to them. Some buildings employ generic design for both the lobby and connecting corridors. This makes the participant going through the space feel disconnected because there is no separation between the different function of each room. Large buildings should be designed with a focus that directs people from one area to the next, hence the importance of a well-defined lobby space.

In the attached show, we see the process of lobby redefinition. It features an early 1990's constructed condominium, which left the lobby space on the lower 21 floors without a defining personality. The scope of the project included making the elevator lobbies more intimate through the use of decorative pilasters, updating wall-covering, paint and flooring. Part 2 will reveal the finished product.

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