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Posted by  Richard Haut on March 20, 2004 at 01:52:20:

In Reply to:  Re: When an architect designs for himself... posted by nadine on March 19, 2004 at 15:13:32:

what I said was not an insult to an interior designer - if anything, in terms of designing a home, quite the reverse.

the restraints that architects put on themselves in bowing to their real or imagined design gods can lead to some houses that you would never design - nor want to.

example: I once designed a very small house. The reason had been a competition to design a 36m2 house and the winner had designed a house so inappropriate, so awful that I wanted to work out how to do it better.

what was wrong with their design ? 1) the lighting was all (all) oblique, from clerestory windows, so everywhere was in shadow or half-shadow; 2) instead of giving any feeling of space, the little structure was full of walls and other obstructions giving a feeling of claustrophobia and 3) all (all) internal walls were finished in rough-cast concrete.

as an interior designer you would never do that because you are aware of the needs of the internal space.

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