Re: dining room design (was Re: no to dinner music)
From: Jan De Kenis (jandkmedia.mit.edu)
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 08:50:30 -0700 (MST)
Let me add here, that I think the location and intensity of lighting 
can contribute to the mood and calming.  Bright spaces are noisier. 
Has anyone else experimented with lighting and its effect?

Jan De Kenis
Cambridge Cohousing.



>It's been interesting to read the varied responses to the issue of
>music during common meals.  Ultimately, this will be something we'll
>have to work out for ourselves in our own community -- and probably
>change our minds once or twice along the way.  :-)
>
>I got to thinking about Michael Donovan's remark about background
>music in restaurants, many of which seat many more people than many
>coho dining rooms.  What's different about the restaurants?  For one
>thing, and I think this may be the most important difference, most
>larger restaurants don't consist of one big room full of tables.
>Most of them (including, IMHO, the better ones) have a variety of
>rooms and spaces divided by walls and other architectural elements.
>This produces both the feeling of more intimate spaces, and cuts
>down on noise transmission between areas.
>
>Have any coho dining areas been designed along these lines; that is,
>separated into smaller adjoining spaces to control noise and increase
>intimacy?  I'd think it could be done effectively without losing the
>sense of being part of a larger community, perhaps through partial
>walls, varied ceiling heights, long, narrow, waist-high planters,
>etc., etc.
>
>Yours in Community,
>
>-- Ed, Northern Vermont Cohousing
>
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