surely the whole idea is to get away from the Opium Den feel to the front room
the idea of people using the internet from the outside is ace but silly. We want people to come in the building not just use its generous resources then bugger off without coming in and seeing what we can offer.
it seems that most people think that everything has to be ridiculous and crazy for them to be deemed "cool" enough for the Forest. often those things don't work, as they are so weird and "insider" that people go "what the fuck" and just walk on. Everyone would like to think people go "what the fuck" and come inside to investigate, but some people can find this place quite intimidating when they first stumble apon it. and crazyness can often adds to the intimidation.
The front room is a place that needs to attract people in, it needs to immediately show what we're about, whats going on, what has gone on, that anyone can get involved, that everyone is welcome. Not just a crazy themed room...however cool a Graceland themed room would be (and it would be fookin cool). themes and crazy people show that we are cool etc. What else do they say about the Forest though?
what are the benefits of a mezanine? do we really need more spaces out of view of the Kitchen which will allow/encourage people to fall asleep? Will it fall over?!