[hackerspaces] Hacker Space Sizes

Jason Bailey drfuzz at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 17:13:30 CEST 2009

Hive13 is in the Midwest, much like yourself (Cincinnati) so we found
similar situations with space.  While we are relatively new, having only
signed our lease July 1, we have 3500 sq ft of space and it feels large but
very far from empty. Location-wise, we're in a light industrial area.  It's
not a great part of town, but there is very little traffic that's not
business related.

We are finding that having separate rooms as Hans mentioned has been
extremely useful; our space has an office area with 2 separate rooms as well
as a third disconnected room that we are using for "dirty" work such as
sanding and painting.  Our space also has a kitchen and bathroom (though it
lacks a shower) and that has certainly made the space much more livable.

Hive13 Cincinnati

On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM, Hans Fraiponts <fraiponts at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Bob,
> If you look at the Building  a Hacker Space pdf [1] there's a small
> section about space:
> Problem
> 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.
> Implementation
> 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, ;-)
> Hans
> 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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