Prof. Dolapo Amole has studied the design of students’ housing and how students respond to these designs. In a study of all purpose built students’ residences in southwest Nigeria, a strong link between spatial organization and user responses was found.
The research specifically showed that the spatial organization of students’ halls of residence was a predictor of their satisfaction with housing. The types of configurations which were most satisfyingwere the ones which defined small ‘social units’ (groups sharing facilities) and especially which had short corridor lengths and were not fully or partially enclosed in planform. The fully or partially enclosure plan form put morestudents in full view of each other than the linear form and appeared to createa higher visual interaction amongst residents resulting in an increase in perceived density and reducedsatisfaction.
Furthermore the research refuted thenotion that the environment of the dwelling is most critical for dwelling. In the context of students’ housing, the bedroom was the most critical space. It defined how the student responded to the whole hall and it was the strongest predictor of satisfaction with the hall of residence.
Dolapo Amole. (2009). Residential satisfaction in students housing. Journal of Environmental Psychology 29, (1), 76-85.
Dolapo Amole (2009). Residential satisfaction and levels of environment in students’ residences. Environment and Behaviour 41(6),866-879.