Visual Space for the Vertical City Dwellers

Creating urban spaces that can withstand the test of time is an eternal challenge faced by designers since the earlier days of urban development. As urban populations grow with the migration of rural dwellers to capitals and city centers, there is now and ever-pressing call for efficient, well-designed, and lifestyle-friendly vertical cities to accommodate more people in limited flat spaces.

The usual approach of building  developers is to maximize vertical spaces as much as possible. This calls for smaller dwelling units, limited lifestyle facilities, and somehow the absence of “outdoor” spaces, the higher up you go in the building. How can designer create visually liberating spaces from limited square meters?

  1. Create divisions of space within small spaces.
    In low-cost developments, there is little consideration given for flooring design. A single-design tile would fill up the floor space from the front door to the end of the room in high-rise condominiums. A quick design hack is to create sections by differentiating flooring materials. Terrazzo tiles can run from the front door to the kitchen area, while wood can be the flooring for the living space up to the bedroom. This creates behavioral changes, encouraging people to keep kitchen appliances in the kitchen space, while fitting furniture in the limited living room area. Organization is one of the most effective ways to create visually liberating spaces. And this can start with a simple separation created by the flooring material.
  2. Add accents to the counters.
    Designers can also deviate from the usual flat white designs for kitchen counters by adding terrazzo marble as a counter accent. Small spaces usually lack the needed deviations from flat colors. Putting the burden of design on the dweller. It is within the power of the vertical property developers to create a livable space while incorporating style and design even before the occupants move in.
  3. Make the lifestyle and recreational areas actual spaces for living, and not just empty, negative spaces.
    There are buildings that allocate a few meters for recreational space. Unfortunately, it can appear as simple voids without function or purpose. Creating safe areas for walking, for instance using Terrazzo pavers, and adding appropriate pieces of furniture can make a space comfortable and inviting.

There are other ways vertical properties can be made less like matchboxes or dove houses. By incorporating terrazzo into the design, no matter how minimal the inclusion is, urban dwellers can achieve visually appealing spaces, regardless of space limitations.

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