Taking the official novelisation into account, it certainly seems as if Maul's intention was to draw the Jedi into the Generator Room (the one with the multi-level catwalks). He's had plenty of time to think about where to confront them and it would seem to suit his unorthodox fighting style:
But Qui-Gon recognized that while it might seem as if the Jedi were
driving him before them, it was the Sith Lord who was controlling the
struggle. Wheeling and spinning, leaping and somersaulting with
astonishing ease, their enemy was taking them with him, drawing them
on to a place of his own choosing.
...whereas his decision to enter the Melting Room (with its laser-gridded corridor) was actually something of a mistake, driven by his desire to evade Qui Gon after he gained an advantage:
One after the other, the three antagonists passed through the small
door into a corridor beyond. They were moving quickly in their
frenzied chase and were into the corridor before they realized what it
was. Lasers ricocheted off buffer struts, pulsing in long bursts of
crisscrossing brilliance that segmented the corridor at five points.
Shocked into immobility by the buzz and flash of the lasers, the antagonists froze where they were, casting about for an escape, finding none. Qui-Gon took a quick measure of