[hackerspaces] Hacker Space Sizes

Hans Fraiponts fraiponts at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 17:02:44 CEST 2009

Hi Bob,

If you look at the Building  a Hacker Space pdf [1] there's a small
section about space:

You want to chill, discuss, or work in small groups. But the main room
is occupied: There are simply too many people at your space. Or you
want to smoke a cigarette at the space without disturbing non-smokers.

Look for a hacker space with smaller, separate rooms. Use curtains or
doors to separate them from the main room. Separate rooms can also be
used for smokers in a non-smoking hacker space.

Think this is the most important thing when choosing a location. On
some days it can get really busy or noisy and then people will start
to irritate each-other. if I had the option to choose I'd go for one
lab-area, one lounge/bar area, two or more 'meeting-rooms', a kitchen
and a descent bathroom.

Good luck finding your special place, ;-)

Hackerspace Brussels

[1] http://events.ccc.de/congress/2007/Fahrplan/attachments/1003_Building%20a%20Hacker%20Space.pdf

2009/8/26 Robert Ward <robert.t.ward at gmail.com>:
> Hey All,
> I'm with Arch Reactor, we're trying to get a space started here in
> Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.  We're looking at a lot of different
> spaces right now, but we're trying to figure out how much space we'd
> need.  I talked with PS:One in Chicago, and they counseled me that
> they had quickly outgrown their ~2000 sq. ft. space.  This is
> Missouri, so space isn't at that much of a premium, and around here
> you tend to pay more for location and the finish of the building.  So
> having said all that, how big of a space should we be looking at?
> Should we think about just the size, or is there some rule-of-thumb
> sq. ft. per member rule we could go by?
> I skimmed the archives, and couldn't find anything on this topic, but
> I apologize if it's a discussion that's already happened.
> Thanks,
> ~Bob
> http://archreactor.org
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