By Cymon Allfrey
Architecture is about creating well crafted, well organised spaces that enhance living, not limit it.
While dressing the space is about aesthetics, the success of your interior comes down to the relationships that exist between these spaces. A concept many will be familiar with in architecture, yet often only considered externally.
The way we clad and position our homes is intrinsically linked to the way it interacts with the site, the neighboring sites and the local environment. To be deemed a success the exterior must first interact positively with its surrounding space, before it can be dressed. The same applies inside.
For many, architecture is only considered as an external benefit, a tool that has been utilised to craft a well orientated, well dressed ‘shell’ of a structure. And it is often not until you step inside and are able to appreciate the space within, that the true value of an architect is realised.
Why is it important?
As biological beings we essentially all live and function the same way, meaning the basic needs for our homes – bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living – are the same, but how these spaces interact and connect directly influences how we experience and live in our homes: both positively and negatively.
It doesn’t matter what you do to modernise a poorly designed space, if the interior floor plan hasn’t been resolved successfully then [for example], inserting a new kitchen isn’t going to transform your interior into a well designed, architecturally successful space. It is simply going to jazz up an interior which will continue to perform below par.
When it comes to interior architecture, what is your role?
Interior architecture allows the provision of a cohesive and co-ordinated design from the inside out. One cannot exist without the other and the success of your interior is intrinsically linked to the success of your exterior.
The manner in which we envision different activities in our home, and how we want our interior environments to perform, is all part of the dream presented at the beginning of the project.
Translating this vision for living is not about ticking the boxes around required spaces, but ensuring your interior has been approached holistically.
At CAARC we believe our ability to offer an end-to-end architectural service allows us to achieve a cohesive and co-ordinated design for our clients, which from the inside-out is centered around creating an environment which fits with the brief.
How does it differ from interior design?
Where interior design provides the finishing touches, interior architecture provides the base on which these touches can be applied. The interface of our spaces is vital to the notion of creating a well crafted interior that will stand the test of time; an interior that allows for installations into the space, such as the kitchen, to be changed and replaced as fashions change.
Existing in a particular part of the house, the kitchen, while decorative in the big picture, needs to be well considered in terms of its positioning and connection to other spaces to ensure it is maximising its function within the home.