Posted by IARC on November 14, 2003 at 14:14:11:
What is Interior Architecture??? In the United States, it is not as widely known, but in Europe it is a separate branch of architecture much like landscape architecture. Here, it is yet to be defined. interior design regards it as "interior design with structure," although many architects will rebuke that statment.
I think it is a whole different approach to design. Over the years, especially in the modernism age, architects often failed to address the real function of the building; not just meeting the program requirements but meeting the needs of the occupants in the level of accomodating for EACH user. Not creating a space and expecting humans to adapt to the space but creating a humanistic space to begin with, a space designed to slide into the natural order of human behavior. Interior Architecture is about building from the inside-out; the interior "user" function of the space dominating the way the exterior form develops.
ARCHITECTURE would approach a problem as a form/relationship design problem, clustering the functions of the building and creating spatial relationships within them.
INTERIOR DESIGN would use an existing building and concentrate on each individual room to accomodate the user. The designer might look into the psychological, social, and even cultural aspect of human behavior to influence the overall design decisions.
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE would take the knowledge of the interior designer of human behavior and take it further, applying it to the whole building and its relationship to its landscape. So the social interaction between humans will dominate the way the circulation of the building is organized.
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