One example of this type of project comes from the simple brief I was given by a restaurant owner. I was asked to come up with a design that would optimize the sitting space of an outdoor dining area while making the environment comfortable and safe. Rather than squeeze in as many tables as possible, I opted to provide a less cramped dining experience, with unusual trees for added interest. I also included a brick wall to divide the seating area from the car park and to provide an element of privacy. The result was that the outdoor dining space was used extensively by customers, whereas before it had been ignored. (See photo opposite).
It is very rewarding to establish the needs of a business client and then find an appropriate design solution to the problem. Each business has a unique character that has to be identified and incorporated in the design. It is a challenge which I thoroughly enjoy.