Interior Architecture for the Future
Interior architecture, done well, allows a building to change in its lifetime. That is where the phrase, tenant improvement, comes from. Because of tenants shifting and moving in and out of buildings. So the building configuration needs to be flexible on the inside.
The outside may not change much. But interior architecture must be able to adapt the place so new users are able to operate. We are always involved in interior architecture. And we make sure that when we design a building it has that flexibility. When a building is not designed to be flexible on the inside, the occupants have a hard time within the building. But also, the owner of the building will have a hard time leasing those spaces to potential users. So, as architects, we need to think, not only of the user but also, from a business perspective on the owner’s needs.
Building codes are part of the built environment. They are there for safety. Also, they are there to protect the user. So, the architect must understand those codes to apply them in the design of the building. Consider everything from exiting to fire codes and materials in interior architecture. Architects may have a hard time with the codes. But we owe it to the public to respect the codes because they are there to protect the user of the building.
There are many things to consider in designing interior architecture.
Here are some examples:
- Sighting of Parking Spots
- Natural Day Lighting
- Environmental Control
- Mechanical Electrical Systems
- Location of Outlets
- Power Switches
There is so much to consider. Those are some of the standards used for interior architecture. Especially since we understand more about the behavior of people within the building.
Introverts and Extroverts
There’s a great book called “Quiet” that discusses introverts and extroverts. It illuminates their role in society and how they operate. In interior architecture, it’s important to consider how introverts and extroverts work. It affects their productivity. Everything from the color to the temperature, to the design of the space. All of this will affect how productive those employees will be.
It not only has to do with the comfort of the space but also meeting the needs of the employer. So, if an employer wants their employees to be productive, the office must fit them. Accommodating introverts or extroverts is a key consideration with interior architecture.