Creating suitable community spaces is a vital part of bringing everyone in the neighboring areas together, maintaining the local economy, and keeping a pleasant environment for both residents and the preservation of the environment itself. In public spaces, the design itself contributes a lot to the overall feeling of said space, and a great plan can elevate the space into something worth taking care of and populating over time. That lends itself to more foot traffic and care from the community.
With the various design elements that come into play, here are a few of the most impactful that don’t often get the attention they deserve during the conceptualization and execution.
Most people don’t take great care for this section because it is seen as a mere extension of design, and relegated to being simple practicality or necessity of sorts. But the way your paving is created can add layers to the visual appeal of the space and can lend itself to the pathways you want to create when building the design. That can help create dimension and textures while still providing the useful purposes of any groundwork laid down.
Landscape pavers see a lot of work that calls for the perfect integration of nature with man-made structures, and these same touches are even more significant when applied to a community area that will be visited by many an individual looking for a respite from the stresses of urbanity.
Light and dark, opposing colors, negative and positive space — these are all different factors that play into the contrast of the area one could create. It dramatically affects how one might perceive the place, how it falls on the eyes, and whether it feels airy and spacious or stuffy and an eyesore. Contrast is a great strategic design. It is often underutilized because of recent trends calling out for monochromatic aesthetics and singular materials. However, there is a lot that can be achieved by mixing textures, materials, and more. Even the contrast between organic design elements and technological features adds more for the eye to see and makes for a more engaging set-up.
Often, the design is so focused on exterior and interior elements that the transition point is neglected, making it an afterthought that doesn’t add much to the area. While that may not be a problem, there is more to a design when the entryway is also decked out thoughtfully. It can set the tone for the area and sets it apart from the other elements more significantly.
When done with care, entryways can set the scene correctly and meld harmoniously with the entire landscape. Whether one opts for a simpler design or takes the time to put in more intricate features and decor, this can be a strategic way to generate more interest and immediately add thematic flavor to the overall design of the space.
The social and economic significance of a great public space for its community is excellent, and this is why every single aspect should be put into consideration with great care.