Commercial design encompasses spaces that are not for private residential use. To save a lot of waffling on, Interiors by Steven G has a brilliant blog article on Commercial design and the differences between this and Residential design. Here, I will discuss Commercial design categories, and other important information.
Categories of Commercial Design
Apartments and complexes, particularly residential spaces that are independent of individual private owners or moderated by a body corporate. Multi- residential involves many stakeholders.
Bars, restaurants, cafes, fast food areas, food courts, motels, hotels, inns, resorts, cruise ships, casinos, nightclubs, function rooms
Entertainment and Recreation
Theatres, cinemas, auditorium, music venues, concert halls, opera houses, dance halls, pools, sport halls
Healthcare and Wellness
Hospitals, medical clinics, psychiatric facilities, treatment and rehabilitation facilities, asylums, assisted living facilities, laboratories, gyms, sports venues, health clubs, spas, salons, veterinary clinics, animal shelters
Kindergartens, daycare centres, schools, universities, libraries, aquariums, zoos, visitor centres, museums, science centres
Institutional, Corporate or Office
Government offices, banks, credit unions, prisons, correctional facilities, offices
Churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, chapels, monasteries, prayer rooms, cemeteries, crematoriums, crypts, mausoleums
Museums, galleries, exhibition spaces
Shop fronts, shopping centres, arcades, department and specialty stores, showrooms, boutiques, pop ups
Airports, stadiums, embassies, town halls, courthouses, law enforcement areas, emergency services areas
Categorising clusters of commercial outlets is not only useful when preparing a design brief to target the design requirements to more specific end user criteria; but is also a 'good design' solution.
I enjoyed aspects of Commercial design, however wouldn't consider it my favourite. If I were to undertake projects in the Commercial design sector, I would best suit art galleries, exhibitions, museums and a bar or cafe. Heritage buildings also suit.