User-friendly mall spa­ces

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Malling - By Karl Aries Emer­son F. Cabilao, UAP

MALLS are favourite des­ti­na­tions within the me­trop­o­lis. They come in al­most all shapes and sizes, of­fer­ing a great va­ri­ety of items and ser­vices to peo­ple from all over the city and neigh­bor­ing towns.

A mall is not just a place for shop­ping nowa­days. It has be­come a rendezvous for al­most all sorts of ac­tiv­i­ties that are re­lated to re­lax­ation and recre­ation. Th­ese places are fa­vorites when it comes to meet­ings, both se­ri­ous and ca­sual. Movie the­aters have long been in­te­grated into mall de­signs as well adding up to the long list of must-do ac­tiv­i­ties in th­ese build­ings. Want to see your favourite celebri­ties or per­haps an art ex­hibit or a car show? One of the malls in the city could be host­ing th­ese types of events in the com­ing weeks.

With all the var­ie­gated ac­tiv­i­ties that a mall ac­com­mo­dates, it has adopted a mixed-use type of build­ing func­tion. This means that its ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign and plan­ning must be care­fully con­sid­ered and of course, be han­dled by a li­censed and reg­is­tered ar­chi­tect. This is to make sure that not only a beau­ti­ful build­ing de­sign and ef­fi­cient lay­out of spa­ces are achieved, but the in­di­vid­ual en­clo­sures and ar­eas are be­ing given the right treat­ment to fit the use of the space and sat­isfy the needs of its users. To­day, Week­end read­ers talk about their ideas on which spa­ces in the malls should be de­signed and planned prop­erly.

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