In any case, the entertaining space is usually semi-public in nature because it is the place where visitors can be entertained and other business conducted. One of the major rooms of the house is the living and entertaining space. Or, all of the lights may be lit to provide a bright and lively atmosphere for a party or family gathering. One of the prime activities that occurs in this space is conversation. Lighting plays an important role in the utilization of the entertaining space, because it can normally be altered to match the mood of the activity taking place. Two reasons for its frequent use are
(1) the decor and furnishings establish a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere, and
(2) the space can be used for a variety of functions such as family gatherings, entertaining guests, eating, reading, listening to music, watching television, conversing, and so on. In addition, the residents often spend many hours in this space. Figure 2-33
The outdoor living and entertaining space should have approximately equal plan proportions.