Part 2 – SharePoint Spaces structures

This is the second post of the SharePoint Spaces series that I intend to write as I explore the options available for creating spaces. In this article, I will cover the different types of SharePoint Spaces structures currently available.

SharePoint Spaces series

SharePoint Spaces structures

There are two ways to create a SharePoint Space: via the home page command bar “New” button, or via the pages library “New” button. The Structure selector panel is only displayed when creating the Space via the home page command bar, so I recommend this option.

create SharePoint Spaces structures
Creating SharePoint Space

After selecting the option to create a Space (from the home page command bar), the Structure selector panel is displayed

SharePoint Spaces structures
SharePoint Spaces structures

Let’s explore each of the different structures available.

Gallery

SharePoint Spaces gallery structure

Like the thumbnail image suggests, the gallery gives you a space that is confined by a top delimiter. You have a 360 environment that is delimited by a “platform” at the bottom and a second delimiter at the top that limits the view. When the view position is vertically centred, you can see parts of both delimiters.

Gallery vertical space

This structure can be used, for example, when creating a space where you expect users to move horizontally to consume the content.

Gallery example

Amphitheatre

SharePoint Spaces amphitheatre structure

Using the Amphitheatre structure, we get what looks like an oddly shaped form that goes over the bottom platform. Personally, I think this makes a great location for our content.

Using the amphitheatre structure to place information

Arch

SharePoint Spaces arch structure

An arch-shaped irregular structure placed above the bottom platform. I think that this option is great when you want something generic and irregular to be placed between your background image and your content. The structure is not very intrusive and should not distract users from the real content.

Arch structure above 3D car models

Terrace

SharePoint Spaces terrace structure

Likely the most common structure type for SharePoint Spaces. “The sky is the limit” for the terrace structure as there is no upper limit/objects and the space feels very open and wide. It basically consists of the bottom centre platform and the background texture, allowing content to be placed anywhere in the space.

Sample terrace space
Reading a document from the library
Inspecting the 3D airplane model

Geodome

SharePoint Spaces geodome structure

A partial, dome-like, irregular structure arranged as a set of polygons. The structure covers only a small part of the space, allowing the background image to remain relevant.

Geodome structure sample

Spiral

SharePoint Spaces spiral structure

As the name suggests, a spiral structure that starts from the bottom platform and follows a spiral course to the top. The spiral structure can also be used as a guide to place content that follows the spiral shape.

Top end of spiral structure
Spiral used as guide to place content

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