TYPOLOGY OF SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
‘A Small Typology of Parliamentary Seating Arrangements’ is the work of designer Felix Kingmueller who was inspired by the design solutions that surround us, which are not based on unique design decisions but derived instead from pre-existing solutions. Channeling his fascination with the lively televised debates that take place in the British House of Commons, he researched and compared the seating arrangements in select parliaments, such as Britain, France, Germany, China & Italy.
What piqued our interest was this notion of a ‘science’ behind seating arrangements. Over the years Zaman has designed and managed innumerable events (exclusive & mass public) at the request of our clients to support them in marking their business milestones.
When approaching event management with a branding cap on, the priority is ensuring a consistent and seamless brand experience for all audience types – from the point a guest receives their invite to when they leave the event premises.
During what can be referred to as the ‘guest journey’, the seating plan is one of many critical components requiring careful consideration. Depending on the scale of the event, location & the caliber of profiles on the guest list (in the GCC it is common to have royalty attend industry events) – a lot of effort goes into ensuring that all guests in attendance don’t feel shortchanged from the event experience.
While we’re not sure that brand experience is a primary consideration in the daily proceedings of parliaments across the world, some of the findings from this seating arrangement typology certainly makes for an interesting article – e.g. The endless rows of seats of the Chinese National People‘s Congress, makes it the world‘s largest parliament, seating a mass of almost three thousand members in the three floored auditorium of the hall of the people!
In ‘Typology of parliamentary seating arrangements’, the designer reveals that there are numerous factors influencing the design of a parliamentary seating arrangement.
“In the case of the Britain’s House of Commons, it is simply based on the former use of the space as a chapel: the choir stalls were turned into benches and the altar into the speaker‘s chair. On the other end, why the French favoured instead the hemicycle can be attributed to the continuous rows of seats of the hemicycle symbolizing political unity, previously embodied by the king. While in France the king was killed and monarchy was abolished during democratization, it survived in Britain preserving its unifying function. Thus a medieval seating arrangement can still be a proper design solution.”
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