Apart of formal and contextual issues, it is the characteristics of domestic life that underpins most residential projects. Design ideas are are born from initial discussions and brainstorming with the client(s) and from getting a feel of the talked about 'space'. The first design sketches happen really quickly because its the best way of communication between designer and client. Its an act of conversation and translation.
There is a very obvious line between designing houses and decorating them. I recently flip through this magazine titled 'Designers of the Year', a Malaysian publication, and I found it appalling. It should've been titled 'Decorators of the Year'. Even that, those in it fail to make the cut. At least for me.
I've always wanted to design houses that respond to a certain characteristics of landscape and context and yet is an accurate interpretation of the client's brief and requirements. The design must engage directly with the complexities of the domestic family life. Many architects / designers are pretty strict and orthodoxed which results in their client becoming totally subsumed, requiring them to live in a certain way and conform to a rules set by the architect / designer's design agenda.
In contrast, my endeavour is to find the theatricalities of the occupants existence, issues of socialbility and what dynamics are apparent withing the occupants. The story of the house then emerges out of that mix and its complexities.
If a house has no story, it should cease to exist.
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