"Developing your Living Environment" is essentially about strengthening the interface between the building and landscape in order to connect and improve inside/ outside spaces
What this means is to work synergistically with the client/ customer and numerous professional trades (Architects, Builders, Landscapers/ Interior designers) in order to bring together various elements and skills to produce sublime and relevant living spaces.
Connecting the inside with the outside is not a new approach as it has been adopted for many centuries from the transparent walkway around the courtyards of Roman villas to the fabulous "Falling Water" house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright where the building is thoroughly fused with its site, the "Barcelona Pavillion" by Mies van der Rohe where the inside/outside join imperceptively and the inspirational Kaufsmann residence by Richard Neutra where the house was designed to emphasize connection with the desert landscape.
The principal aim of our innovative approach is to analyse individual spatial requirements and work with the customer in order to create unique living spaces for their modern day lifestyles. By appreciating that different people and families require different environments enables us to understand how important these factors are in creating successful home & garden projects.
Strengthening the interface between Building and Landscape !!!
It is the unfortunate reality that most modern new builds get built generically and little thought is given to how the people will live in them, apart from putting in the basic necessities such as a living room, dining area, kitchen and bedrooms etc. When such houses are built randomly in this way it means that new homebuyers resort to extending or modifying the space in order for it to fit their own bespoke requirements. In today's modern society, people are much more in tune to what is available to them and this provides an opportunity to build it right.
When new builds finally get completed the last thing to get resolved is the garden area which accounts for over 50% of the living space. In the majority of cases the garden is finished off with a green desert (grass) and cheap concrete pavers providing only a suitable space for hanging out washing and the fortnighly mowing regimes through the summer. There are seldom any inspired gardens that encourage or invite the homeowner to spend more time in their garden and the poor layout and connection with the house intensifies the situation.
The home and garden should respond to each other and the needs of the occupant and a full analysis of how the space is or could be used is essential to getting the design right. In this new way of thinking the inside living space automatically shapes the outside, while the outside landscape responds to the spaces inside and the surrounding nature. Added transparency through the use of glass can really connect the two spaces and simultaneously the inside-ness of the building provides greater safety and secureness while spatially the inside connects better with the landscape surround. The existing nature i.e. trees, views, sounds, smells and wildlife need to be encapsulated into the design thinking and exploited from the start of the process.
There are four ways we adopt to improve the connectedness of the inside/ outside
1. Space In Between - create a zone on the transition, neither inside nor outside that acts as a comfortable place at the edge of these spaces. A place to sit, view relax. This zone provides a unique experience and allows the connection of inside/ outside to flow effortlessly
2. Intergration by building - is the extension of the house into the landscape i.e. a terrace/ seating area that protrudes out into the garden space and provides the occupant good accessibility into the natural realm.
3. Intergration by landscape - is the engulfment of the building/ space by the landscape i.e. the views exploited into the garden through large windows, bifolding doors or sky lights that focus onto a distinct feature and breathes nature into the home/ inside space.
4. Fusing the inside/ outside - is the utilisation and echoeing of distinct local features by providing a trace of the outside inside such as material, vegetation or similar surrounding shapes and a trace of the inside outside by migrating tables, chairs ovens and colours that blend and fuse the two seperate spaces.
An important final element to this synergistic approach is to incorporate the living creatures of the area. By planning your new spaces you can actively encourage wildlife into your garden by careful choice of planting. This additional benefit can really bring to life and animate your new living space while doing your own little bit for the environment.
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