A truly luxurious space is one in which inhabitants feel a sense of happiness, comfort and peace and architects and interior designers assume a significant role in crafting homes that are not only architecturally responsible but also pay equal attention to interior décor that is thoughtful and not just visually appealing. The level of richness that can be achieved by understanding what a space is and what it brings to both its inhabitants and the wider community is truly remarkable as architecture can make you feel better and good design brings joy to the people who use it.
Architecture and design communicate with users, not only on a visual or intellectual level, but also on a psychological and emotional level. Understanding the influences that various materials and design elements can have on their users is an integral part of the process of conceptualising a space as these influences can be leveraged to develop a sense of positivity and belonging.
For instance, on entering a building for the first time, as humans, we subconsciously register the materials used, textures, colours and lighting because of the feelings they evoke. Like tones of wood bring forth a feeling of warmth while grey hues induce a feeling of calm and stability. A combination of various such elements works to stimulate the senses.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Akshat Bhatt, Principal Architect at Architecture Discipline, shared, “Real luxury has to do with the quality of light, air and space. The mood of a space can significantly be enhanced by the quality of natural light that enters it. In our projects, we introduce large openings and skylights that allow in ample daylight and ventilation while minimizing heat ingress. A well-lit, well-serviced space helps inhabitants think clearly and live healthier lives.”
He revealed, “Another important aspect in designing a positive space as the access to pleasant vistas like a central courtyard with cascading greens acts as an oasis creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere for the workspace while the workspace which has a 16-foot-high ceiling informs the scale of the space and makes one feel energetic and positive.”
Shubhra Dahiya, Partner at Team3 suggested, “Employ several strategies to introduce vibrance and a sense of community to the existing building of a school. A large, straight flight of stairs in striking orange breathes life into the space, thereby converting it from a largely disused portion of the building to the centre of interaction. Built-in seating and planters in the courtyard enable community building between children of all grades.”
She added, “The walls around the courtyard can be animated with drawings by the kids showcased on a display system made of wood along with low-level chalkboards. These interventions transform the area into a playful and energetic space, subverting the conventional idea of an institution and leaving a positive impression in the minds of the children. In this way, architecture can be transformed into more than mere surfaces and walls but can also be instrumental in creating evocative environments for its users.”