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Rooftop Cafeteria 
11th-Mar-2010 01:42 pm
Rooftop cafeterias would indeed be the preferred idea for designing a cafeteria in a  multi-storey corporate building. It gives employees a total new ambiance from their boring cubicle structures. There is nothing more refreshing than standing on a 9th floor rooftop cafeteria and getting a glimpse of the city you live in. However I am not sure, how much power-efficient this design is.

Almost everyone from Level 1 to Level 7 use the Lift to reach the Cafeteria. Assuming there are 300-400 people per floor, and the Lift capacity being at max 20, average Lift Usage would be (400/20)x7 ~= 140 !! And this is just for moving up. And assuming not everyone uses the Lifts at the same time, we can hope that some of the downward usage of the early lunch people will coincide with the upward lift usage of late lunch goers, so total usage may not directly be double. However the total usage number would further increase, assuming there will be people frequenting the cafeteria for breakfast, mid-tea breaks, snacks, dinner etc.

I am beginning to wonder what would be the ideal location for cafeteria in a mutli-storey building design considering to economize Lift usage as well ?
11th-Mar-2010 08:24 am (UTC)
A mezzanine(I don't know if that's the right term) floor in the middle which could house the cafeteria? Something like in those buildings(commercial, hotel, apartment complexes) which have the swimming pool and can be viewed from all floors but is all open-top. In a 10 storeyed building it may not work but in a 7 storeyed building, 3 floors to climb up/down is not too much exercise!
11th-Mar-2010 08:39 am (UTC)
you are right, ideally it should be in the middle, but most of the buildings here do not have it ! They fancy the roof top cafeteria.

I am wondering if it is something to do with the placement of chimneys?
11th-Mar-2010 10:22 am (UTC)
I have one in my office, Our building has 6 floors and its has 3 Open Cafeteria. One at 3rd, 5th and 6th Floor.

But the access is restricted to people only working in that Floor. That means only the 3rd, 5th and 6th Floor people can enjoy the Open Cafeteria present in the floor they work.

1st, 2nd and 4th Floor people unfortunately don't have that luxury. I work at 5th :)

Its indeed a nice feelings to have coffee and do some chit chat in the open air. Especially when you have lots of trees around your office. The greenery is a pleasure to your eyes.
11th-Mar-2010 11:32 am (UTC)
So people use the lifts lesser ! Neat !
12th-Mar-2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Well, no matter where it's situated, the lift usage, I feel, will be about the same...
12th-Mar-2010 09:07 am (UTC)
My friend was telling the same thing, that no matter where the floors you want to go, seeing a Lift is tempting for majority of the people.
13th-Mar-2010 04:31 am (UTC)
I go with the comments the post has got...
Where ever the pantry is... PPL use the lifts..

Many times, Atleast for small trips.. Stairs work a lot faster than lifts...
And it would burn some calories too...
13th-Mar-2010 11:31 am (UTC)
I agree, but people do try the option of stairs when the wait time for the lifts are longer, provided it is only few stairs up.
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