Posted by Richard Haut on March 19, 2004 at 14:41:55:
In Reply to: Re: When an architect designs for himself... posted by nadine on March 19, 2004 at 13:29:53:
I think that perhaps the central point is that you are an interior designer.
Certainly when designing for yourself you are a "free artist", but you are designing from the inside out. In designing a home that is not a bad way to do it.
However architects do not normally design like that.
Interior design involves working within constraints - even if there are some changes to the spaces, the basic structure remains.
Architecture is also a discipline that works within constraints - the nature of the site, legal restrictions, the budget, etc. Therefore for an architect the notion of total freedom is an illusion. The real talent comes from finding design freedom within the restraints - the artistry is not in the unlimited, but within the limitations themselves.
I think that the main restraint is that architects find themselves to be less than ideal clients - they are not satisfied with what they do, they change the ideas as they progress. However as a learning process, an architect designing their own house is excellent. Also it enables them to become atuned to the most acute and constructive of all criticism - that of their own family members who will live in the house.
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