The conceptual design is the most general technical sketch. It does not include detailed information about a specific arrangement, but it is a comprehensive development of the functional concept of the space of the future office. This concept is based on design assumptions defined by the investor and formulated in a technical manner by the architect, as well as a thorough feasibility analysis that already allows some of the assumptions to be positively or negatively verified.
The conceptual design, if it is created in a proper way, allows for:
- proper identification of the functions of individual parts of the facility;
- determination of detailed technical requirements for all finishing elements, used materials and technical solutions and technologies at a later stage of works;
- presenting an initial draft of the design in a clear and understandable way, which will be the basis for planning works on the interior design;
- capturing any logical mistakes made at the stage of investment planning or preparation of the room layout;
- determination of possible sources of technical difficulties, the implementation of which requires disproportionately large financial outlays or may cause problems with the compliance of the design with normative acts.
It takes a lot of time to prepare a conceptual design, which is rarely impressive in itself. Firstly because it is the most important technical stage of design, as the mistake made at this stage has far-reaching consequences, and secondly because the determination of the final shape of the design requires close cooperation between the architect and the investor. The result is a graphic illustration of the proposed functional layout for a dental, veterinary or medical office or other facility with strictly defined functions. The conceptual design will later be detailed and transformed into a detailed design.
See also: Architectural and building design