Whether you are designing a brand new lecture hall or remodeling an old one, the process can get overwhelming pretty fast. Educational design can be difficult, and it can be hard to know where to begin. Designing lecture halls is a bit different from designing other educational spaces like classrooms because they often are the size of an auditorium with tiered seating. They can be used not only for teaching or presenting, but for performances, staff meetings, drama classes, and interactive learning and discussion. It is important to keep at the front of your mind what the lecture hall will be used for when designing it. Designing an engaging environment is vital because design has a significant impact on the learning experience and can therefore be optimized for productivity, concentration, and creativity.
When planning a layout for your lecture hall, it is important to keep visibility and sighlines in mind. Tiered seating is the best option for this, as it gives every seat good visibility of the front of the room. The individual seats should be spaced far enough from each other to provide adequate legroom and be comfortable enough to sit in for long, extended periods of time. In addition to seating styles, you must also keep in mind how the seats will be secured to the ground. The sturdiest options are made from a steel frame with a timber deck. Optimize you space, but make sure the tiering is not too high, as that can make some visitors feel uneasy in the space.
Not only will you need to consider seating, but most lecture halls need a desk space for each seat. People must be able to easily write in their seats at their desks without being cramped or restricted.
Acoustics and Ventilation
Not only must your lecture hall be designed to accommodate a lot of people, but it must also be built with acoustics in mind. A room with bad acoustics will not aid in helping students understand teaching material. Large rooms are often too noisy because sound can bounce off of various surfaces. Consider installing some acoustic panelling in your lecture hall to avoid this.
Since so many people will use your lecture hall at once, ventilation must be designed for carefully. Air change rate and air conditioning needs to be accounted for, and certain regulations state that each occupant must be granted a minimum quantity of fresh air per second. Make sure the room does not get to stuffy, as that will hinder concentration of your attendees.
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