The way an organization is accommodated tells a lot about it, just like clothing says something about the person who wears it. The learn/work environment is therefore much more than a ‘functional shelter’. It makes tangible what an organization stands for.
Image or aesthetic lifespan is one of the three fundamental qualities of a building, in addition to functional lifespan (fit for purpose) and technical lifespan (solidity and durability). Making this ‘soft’ and subjective quality measurable is a challenge but not impossible. It concerns psychological, social, cultural and aesthetic performance of the learn/work environment.