Commercial architecture has specific requirements which go beyond simply providing an attractive building. The financial considerations with these projects are of paramount importance. The design must include consideration of the current real estate market, tenant requirements, development costs and the required financial returns. In most cases, it is important to maximise the development potential of the site. All this must be achieved within the particular Council planning controls and building industry regulations. The tenant’s expectations must be met in terms of open, flexible floor area, efficient planning arrangement, good natural light and outlook, quality air conditioning and lighting, etc. Often the car parking provided is also a significant factor.
The Architects challenge is to satisfy all these requirements within strict economic constraints. This involves appropriate design which considers economical construction with efficient structure and careful selection of functional materials. Most often these commercial building designs commence with a thorough feasibility study to review the development options. The preferred solution is then refined with preliminary information supplemented with more detailed reports, Consultant input and evaluation. Larger commercial buildings must meet a range of Council planning controls in terms of urban design. The quality of the design becomes a critical factor in Council’s favourable assessment of a proposal. Our design and presentation skills can greatly facilitate this process.
At Mark Lawler Architects, we’re proud of our award winning commercial building designs. Allow us to share our expertise with you for your next commercial project. Call us on (02) 4942 5222, or contact us via email to arrange a meeting and discuss your needs.