By Mark Bates
I take my children to swimming lessons at a local school. The pool is now enclosed and heated with a single bench around the edge for spectators. Lovely. But in winter, you can’t lean against the wall without getting wet. Some days an umbrella wouldn’t go amiss. Changing rooms are designated BOYS ONLY- NO MUMS ALLOWED and GIRLS ONLY- NO DADS ALLOWED. If your kids have trouble dressing themselves you can’t enter those zones if you’re the wrong-sex parent. Result – kids getting changed in public around the edges of the pool. The swimming lessons are fabulous but the pool experience could be better.
How you do you design a facility to provide an inviting experience for all potential users?