designing interior architecture

Designing Interior Architecture

Designing Interior Architecture

Interiors are the architecture of the future. Design and architecture are no longer fashionable but are expected to provide specific answers to user demand and the need to improve our well-being. Health, safety and well-being have become important social themes, not least in the Western world where a shrinking and aging population corresponds with an increasing need for individual and small-scale design of the living environment, calling for particular attention to re-use and sustainable development. Well-designed interiors add value to the perception and quality of use of our immediate living environment, to our feeling of well-being and to the quality of life.

Interiors are the architecture of change. The life-cycle of a building knows many users and is subject to a continuous change of views. A building is never finished, giving every user the opportunity to attach their narrative to it. Interior architects/designers give shape to a sustainable renewal of buildings. While preserving the specific and sometimes unique architectural qualities, we provide and care for generation after generation to feel at home.

Interiors are the architecture of perception. One of the factors that determine the appreciation for our environment is time. Light and dark, as well as the changing of the seasons, have a defining effect on the perception of interior space. Fashion and trends play an important role as well. We are challenged by the new, but also nourish the known and well-acquainted. Pushing boundaries is a unique aspect of human nature, as is the need for meaning and a sense of security. Habituation is a special trait; much of what we encounter as strange and ugly at first sight will be valued over time. Aging, by contrast, is not a uniquely human condition. Materials age and wear. Sometimes that presents a new beauty, a patina we nourish or even try to imitate.

Interiors are the architecture of emotional culture. In a nice and stimulating environment people experience more commitment, more pleasure, satisfaction and success. People have a desire for association, expression, remembrance and beauty. They want to identify with their environment. This means that an environment ought to provide space for individuality and self-expression, which in turn offers new perspectives for improvisation, spontaneity, vision and imagination.

Interactive encounters and ergonomic quality are key to accommodate socio-psychological aspects in a working environment. The “emotional house” may foster new models of efficiency and productivity. In public interiors as well, it is important to explore the functional potential of perceptional aspects, creating places that command desirable behaviour. People are easily influenced but want to be taken serious. Interiors are the architecture of cultural history.

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