How to get the outside to the inside?

On 11 November 2015

nature as inspiration for the interior of your business premise

I don't get inspiration from the furniture fair in Milan; I much rather look at the sea. The vast sky, the heaving water, the living palette of all those shades, that calls upon your emotions. How to translate this feeling to a hall or hallway? Not by putting pictures of the sea on the walls.

Staying inside is not done for fun, the design of your interior is a crucial part of this

For me it's a challenge to translate the outside impressions to the inside. Many people out of necessity have to sit inside, I want to enlarge their quality of life. Let's be honest, no one wants to stay in a hospital or nursing home. So if you end up there, it's nice if attention has been given to the architecture. Giving you the opportunity to feel comfortable and at home. It's the designers' and architects' job to make the stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible, also for the staff.

The lighting in een space is an essential part of the interior

With comfort you often think about soft chairs, but good lighting is a form of comfort just as well. Sometimes the lighting plan is made by technicians on the computer. The number of points of light are systematically calculated, creating impersonal spaces. A space dies with equal lighting, so I like to set a badly thought out lighting plan aside to start over with perception as starting point.

An interior architect Starts by taking a good look

Not every spot in a room needs as much light. You must be able to see where you are walking, but you don't have to be able to read everywhere. With areas of light a place comes to life. I look at how people perceive and use a space through their eyes and afterwards create in a very intuitive way islands of light. Irregular, like in a forest, with open places and light scattered by leaves. An inner space never matches the wealth of outside. But if you let nature be your teacher and take a proper look, you learn lessons about light letting you create a setting justifying people's nature. This way you add to an environment people feel good in. A primary demand for a health care institution. For every institution for that matter, interior architecture is a serving profession.
 
André van der Gun is interior architect and writer of the book “geluk van binnen” (happiness from inside) in which he talks about how elderly experience their living environment. Besides writing and designing, he advises in the field of  residential care.
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