Spear closet


Spear closet

A spear closet is an architectural “left over” space of small size and irregular shape.

Background

. These spaces are called “spear closets” because, due to their size and shape, they cannot serve any practical purpose other than possibly to store one’s spears. ["Strategic and Tactical Planning of Corporate Facilities", Thomas McCune AIA, 2003]

Current usage

Since, in the modern world, few people actually own spears and keep them at home, the term is ironic. However, it is a commonly used “professional slang” term in use among architects in the English-speaking world. A spear closet may actually have a door and be used as a storage closet for tall, narrow objects other than spears. However, it may also simply be a “dead” space in a building which is completely surrounded by walls and which is inaccessible.

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