Condominiums are designed to sell specific lifestyles to potential residents. For designers, persuasion can take the form of ownership facilities.
It is known that physical traits increase people’s attachment to certain places. They have more of an impact on housing satisfaction than the social traits.
Pet friendly facilities. Despite the abundance of pet owners, finding pet-friendly spaces throughout the subway is still a challenge. Having pet-friendly facilities on site such as a zoo or even a pet spa can be a wonderful option.
Areas of cooperation. As more people work from home, property buyers have put a premium on collaboration spaces. While a common layout would be lounge sets, designers can spice things up with snack bars, meeting rooms and other perks.
Movie theater. A cinema can be as simple as a room with a large projector that residents can use as a commercial cinema. A cinema can be ideal for social or exclusive movie nights.
Condominiums facilities are also designed to provide a certain level of comfort to make everyday life much easier for the residents. From thoughtful to playful, these facilities should be able to provide daily convenience regardless of the target market.
Real-time high-speed Wi-Fi. Especially in common areas, high-speed Wi-Fi automatically makes any business more valuable.
In-building retail and services. Properties aimed at the young, working millennials may prefer to have cafes and grocery stores in their retail areas, usually on the ground floor, while properties dominated by families may choose to have their commercial spaces occupied by restaurants and supermarkets.
Luxury facilities in the unit. Think out of the box. Look for subtle yet creative ways to add convenience to each device. This can come in the form of laundry in the unit, hidden storage rooms and even outdoor patios. These are especially useful for units with smaller floor areas.
Charging stations for electric vehicles. For the growing number of residents using electric vehicles, it may be worth investing in installing electric vehicle chargers.
Diversity and compact urban life in today’s high-rise buildings can reform the way we define a “society”.
Fitness facilities. Healthy lifestyle has become a trend, especially with the pandemic reminding us of the importance of diet and exercise. What used to be small gyms consisting of an elliptical and a treadmill have evolved into large gyms with a wide range of equipment, fitness classes and even yoga studios.
Sports facilities. Playing a casual game of tennis or basketball is a great way to build community spirit among the residents. Sports facilities offer more than just community involvement, they also provide other benefits such as fitness and competitiveness.
Games room and lounge. Like sports facilities, games rooms and lounges are ideal indoor activity rooms. It must be cozy with unique decor and space for, among other things, board games, books, pool and TV.
Virtual golf simulator. A virtual golf simulator, especially in densely populated urban areas, can add a luxurious flair to any condominium development.
MORE THAN WHAT
MEETS THE EYE The connections between the living environment and its emotional impact on the residents are well documented. This introduces us to these so-called “non-economic facilities”, which refer to intangible elements such as coastal and / or mountainous views, ethnic diversity, excellent climate, proximity to central business districts and cultural uniqueness, among others.
Outdoor parks and roof terraces. Condominium projects with unique views, outdoor parks and roof terraces filled with lots of green areas can be a place to comfort. They can also be combined with other amenities such as swimming pools, fireboxes and plenty of comfortable seating to make them even more unique.
Swimming pool. It is innate to be naturally drawn to water – at least for many people. That is why it is no surprise that urban development including condominiums go hand in hand with at least one swimming pool.
Community garden. A community garden allows residents to grow their own plants and fresh produce in their homes. Aside from saving on groceries, a community garden is also a great way to connect with nature and cultivate friendships with people with like-minded interests.
Private spa. There are ways to incorporate private massage rooms, steam baths and heated pools as an escape feature.
ROOMS FOR SPECIAL LIFESTYLES
Property development is spread across several typologies, ranging from cheap to high-end. This is a manifestation of their primary goal, namely to sell a particular lifestyle to different social classes. When it seems that today’s condominiums are in a “luxury facility race”, what matters most is their concern for safety, community development and daily convenience. . While people’s eyes will look for quality, they will vote with their feet.
The author is the chief architect at Fulgar Architects, creating unique and extraordinary design specialties for various real estate companies from hotels, condominiums, museums, commercial, to urban development with mixed use. Visit www.ianfulgar.com
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