Atriums are designed to form a real feel of the outdoors, in an all-encompassing setting. Popular atrium settings either corporate settings, public places such as malls, hospitals or hotels. Atriums are typically open-air or ski lit areas. Surrounded by the building, it can be several stories and is usually the very first thing you see when entering the building. The height to area ratio primarily what makes an atrium different than a courtyard. Courtyards are typically unroofed areas that can be enclosed by the building itself.
Aesthetic Design Tips
Don’t overwhelm the space - many atriums and lobbies are designed to allow natural light in - try not to take away from the area
Scale your plants and their containers to the space
Make sure the plants and containers fit the style of the area
Place your plants strategically to create flow of traffic or block traffic or unsightly infrastructure
Functional Design Tips
Many public spaces require Inherently Fire Retardant Foliage - ask before quoting the job. It is better to know up front, than have a surprise visit from a Fire Marshall later!
Make sure your plants are secured well in the containers. Many times public spaces = touching plants. If in an area where there is an abundance of natural light - consider using a product designed with UV inhibitors already embedded in the material or purchasing a UV inhibiting spray.
If you have any questions about your design setting, please contact our designers.