March 15th, 2006 at 04:52pm
It amazes me how utterly stupid the designers of most large buildings in the Belconnen area really are. You would think that if you were designing buildings that the general public will need to be able to navigate quickly and easily, you would have a logical layout for the building…but not in Belconnen.
No, in Belconnen it is common to have buildings which are more like a maze than a building. One level may be multiple levels joined by starnge bridges and spiral staircases, with odd branches off to other different but connected buildings, which may share the same floor but use different floor numbers. Entrances are another strangeness of the area, you have to walk half way around a building to find a small unmarked and by no means obvious door which might just be an entrance, and hope that it doesn’t have a small “staff only” marking on it.
And don’t get me started on the interior grounds which often need to be navigated in order to find an entrance. These undulating maze like areas with paths that don’t really have any general direction and have many offshoots going in directions without any signs telling where they lead to, are often worse than the buildings themselves.
It could just be that I am used to the majority of buildings in the inner north where one level is one level, not many different levels on different buildings that might actually be the same building but are just split into many “organisational” buildings for no apparent reason. In the inner north, a corridor has logical room numbering, the staircases are predictable, and the signs point in the right direction. Perhaps I am just lucky to spend most of my time in logical buildings.
I do hope that the Belconnen experience hasn’t been repeated in too many other locations, as it is utterly ridiculous, and in a perfect world would be a criminal offence which would see the designers stripped of their legal ability to design buildings.
I just hope I don’t have to visit one of the buildings again in the near future.