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Inside / Outside and the [Inbetween]

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posted on 2021-11-12, 11:14 authored by Brookes, Toni-Rose

How can architecture overcome the traditional differentiation of inside and outside? Architects tend to associate our inhabitation and movement within two spatial realms, those being inside and outside. The connection between the two plays a fundamental role in our relationship and understanding of the environment in which we live in. The details of these connections are often neglected and standardised ideals and components are regularly implemented without much consideration in regards to the context in which they are being established. The fundamental act of architecture is to define one space from another. Primarily this means differentiating the inside from the outside ( Perceptually and practically the worlds of interior and exterior are mutually exclusive one cannot be in both at the same time, and yet traditionally they border directly on each other. (Lo, 1986) Through the exploration of the relationship between interior and exterior space a focus will be given to the boundary condition. Looking into the details and material expression which enable these connections and their ability and potential to blur the boundary. Along with material properties and capabilities aspects such as kinetic, interactive and dynamic architecture will be investigated and subsequently implemented as a response to the interior, exterior relationship established. Aim to achieve architecture, where one is able to interact with the structure and help to adapt the space surrounding in order to accommodate the activities and behaviour of the occupants whilst enabling a comfortable space in regards to the climatic conditions. With an objective to live with nature and the surrounding environment achieved through blurring the spatial boundaries, forcing one to acknowledge and establish a simultaneous relationship where one can interact and co-exist between the two realms. This will be enhanced through the integration of the building into the landscape enabling the opportunity for the building to work with the environment.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Architecture (Professional)

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School of Architecture


Danielmeier, Tobias