SHARED SPACES IN A STUDENT DORM

  • YEAR
    2014
  • AUTHORS
    Khajehzadeh, Iman
    Vale, Brenda
  • CATEGORIES
    2014 Conference Papers
    Architecture & Social Research

Extract

Globally dormitories are popular accommodation types for students. A great number of Iranian dormitories have been built with rooms either side of a central corridor as a simple, affordable building form. Highly populated shared rooms with common facilities in such buildings can produce problems in terms of personal space but also have many advantages for social interactions and better use of re-sources, which is a feature of sustainability. However, most of these buildings are old and need refurbishment and guidelines are needed to improve this type of dormitory. The advantages and disadvantages of shared spaces have been analysed using “Post Occupancy Evaluation” in a case study representative of more than 30 university dormitories in Iran, a country whose domestic architecture has shared and multi-use spaces. The results lead to suggestions for more efficient shared spaces for future designs and for improving the case study dorm in terms of access hierarchy and internal room arrangements.

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