Designing light, natural and minimal interiors
Architects constantly dive into design strategies aimed at choosing the best products to create outstanding atmospheres within their projects. The solutions used in projects, especially in interiors, are highly influenced by trends that reflect what society values most at that time. But how are interiors designed these days? With a focus on natural interiors and the interaction with their context, architecture prioritizes local materials and textures, natural light and the use of minimal furniture that allows continuity throughout the space.
Below we present a selection of inspiring projects that, with the help of products from Spanish brands, showcase these modern trends, from the use of natural materials to the maximum natural light.
When examining the type of materials used, there is a clear trend towards light colors and natural textures.
Landaburu Borda Rural House / Jordi Hidalgo Tané
Using concrete and wood as construction materials to build an annex within the mountain, the project respects the existing building and its context. Eager for a relationship with the exterior, the home’s interior is characterized by its wood cladding and flooring, establishing a connection within spaces. Seeking natural light and a connection with the landscape, the design strategy allows users to observe the Navarre mountains from different angles.
Palerm House / OHLAB
Seeking to integrate with its surroundings, Palerm House was built as an independent building that extends the original farmhouse in the center of Mallorca.
With a free column layout, the scheme follows the slope of the site and allows all the rooms to appreciate the view over the landscape. At the same time, the project arrangement takes advantage of natural light to illuminate the house. The interior design strives for a connection with its surroundings and is based on local materials and a palette of natural colors such as white mosaic tiles in bathrooms.
Small house in Nha Trang / Cho’n.a
The appetite for designing natural and illuminated interiors can be seen in both large and small spaces. The Kleinhuis project illustrates this by creating a simple space that manages to maintain its relationship to nature, light and vegetation within an area of 73 m2.
Surrounded by nature, natural light and wind, the townhouse presents a living space based on vertical transportation that increases the interaction between family members.
How and where to use light
Illuminating interiors play a key role in the quality of life of the future user. Incorporating natural light into the building’s design promotes health and energy benefits. Therefore, by increasing the amount of windows, light can naturally enter the interior space.
Cove House / Justin Humphrey Architect
By examining thresholds and edges, Cove House organizes the boundaries between public and private spaces as well as the boundary between the inside and outside. Using a variety of windows, a subtropical architecture emerges through a constant interaction between the interior and the external landscape.
Although surrounded by a wooden screen, the house establishes a connection with nature with its open sky and water views.
Extruded House / MCK Architecture and Interiors
Based on a simple design, the Extruded House combines the old and the new to connect the interior with the landscape. By taking advantage of the gap between the old and new roof, the project gains light along with the view of the existing roof.
The proper use of natural light in the space makes way for a minimal need for artificial lightning during daylight hours. The interior therefore uses hanging lights that go unnoticed, yet illuminate the space when needed.
The choice of the furniture
After the construction process is completed, choosing the right furniture is fundamental to achieving the design’s purpose. Looking for free spaces, a minimal amount of furniture follows simple geometric shapes in warm and light colors.
Ca Marcelo House / Guillem Carrera
Respecting its antiquity and historical character, the renovation of the building creates a comfortable, contemporary and well-organized space. Changing the stairs to one side of the building reorganizes the layout, adding space and light to the hall. In keeping with a spacious interior, the design concludes with essential and simple furniture.
House of the Olive Trees / Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos
The project enjoys the views over the valley and the distant mountains and follows the modulation of the existing terraces and olive trees. By choosing materials that bring both texture and relief, the home creates a lighted and open space.
Keeping simplicity in mind, the house is equipped with modular systems and occasional tables that give way to continuity throughout the space.
Apartamento en Calle San Roca / Carlos Manzano Arquitectos
After renovation, the building was adapted for a new use, while still maintaining the traditions of constructions in Madrid. Transformed into a short-stay apartment, the project redistributes the organization of space.
Demolishing partitions and opening up spaces allows light, natural ventilation and interaction within different areas of the home. The design creates a dialogue between epoques and combines simple contemporary finishes with Mediterranean and Scandinavian furniture of the twentieth century.
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