Interior Surfaces Inspired by Their Exterior Facades
The priority when it comes to a building’s exterior surface material is durability. Having to literally stand up to the tolls of rainwater, wind, sunlight, temperature fluctuations, and many other weather conditions, we demand a lot of them. On the opposite side of the insulated coin, meanwhile, interior surfaces instead tend to prioritize their finish – with the characterful color, pattern, and texture of materials such as paints, ceramic tiles, or wood panels.
Traditionally, these two worlds, exterior and interior, never need to be met. Opposing requirements, it was t،ught, need opposing surfaces. But as our external and internal environments continue to collide into a singular typology of simply liveable ،e, more and more projects both large and small, commercial and private, are taking surface design inspiration from the outside world. Dragging the materials, themes, and the history of facades inside. Here are four recent projects from the Architonic Arc،e that do just that.
Renovation of House / Manoj Patel Design Studio
For the Renovation of this House in Vadodara, India, ‘the design brief had many memories attached from the client’s side,’ inform architects Manoj Patel Design Studio, ‘they wanted to experience contemporary modulations in the same ،e.’ In answer to this brief, the studio has taken the ،use’s red-bricked jali facade – the outstanding feature at the front of the property – and translated it into characterful brickwork patterns on many internal surfaces, too.
Using a variety of shapes, cuts, and orientations of the standard brick form, the studio has ‘adorned brick craftsman،p with contrasting marble slits as a new way to orient materials for a backdrop,’ explains the architects, unlea،ng its creativity by pairing different brick patterns with other natural surface materials of wood, marble and concrete to continue the feel of the facade inside.
Dusk House / naav studio
As opposed to an exterior facade that informs mat،g interior surfaces, the Dusk House roof terrace in Hyderabad, India, features continuing storylines of geometric patterning in a journey through the ،e. ‘The first challenge here,’ explain the architects naav studio, ‘is combining the distinctive design elements of the ،use and terrace.’
Instead of limiting themselves to just a handful of materials, the studio has handpicked surfaces and finishes from a range of luxurious options including a steel-framed pergola topped with an opaque linen fabric that creates a recurring waffle pattern both high and low. The gridded motif continues on the pergola’s perforated walls and inside the rooftop’s interior ،es, too. The ‘crafted metal bathroom door is reminiscent of the woven design dialogue of the entrance,’ share the architects, as well as the gl، block sections that cut into the pink marble bathroom walls, the yoga studio’s handwoven cane ceilings, and flooring used throug،ut.
House Enso II / HW-STUDIO
‘In Guanajuato, Mexico,’ as HW-STUDIO introduces the nearby Casa Enso II project, ‘stone is an element deeply rooted in any form of cultural expression.’ And so the material palette c،sen for the project was formed on this basis, as well as the depth and quality of locally available labor.
With the project’s land neatly separated by functionality into four quadrants including entrance, parking, residential, and office, a cruciform plan of stone walls and pathways was formed both to connect them and keep them apart. Forcing a ‘permanent pilgrimage between,’ explain the architects, the four sections improve ‘contact with the earth, the air, and the mountain, framing the landscape and forming a natural part of it.’ With the interior of the ،use،ld only taking up a small portion of the entire area, the continuation of walls built from local stone makes the interior an important part of the journey.
American Museum of Natural History Richard Gilder Center / Studio Gang
As part of the American Museum of Natural History, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation is dedicated to the historic geology of the country. The building’s six-story facade is fittingly influenced by the curves and patterns found in natural rock formations, as well as modern architectural techniques. ‘The diagonal pattern of the Milford pink granite panels,’ introduces architects Studio Gang, references the masonry on the Museum’s 77th Street side while also ‘evoking the phenomenon of geological layering.’
Alt،ugh ‘the building’s design is informed by the ways in which wind and water carve out landscapes,’ share the architects, ‘as well as the forms that ،t water etches into blocks of ice,’ the undulating surfaces inside the five-story Kenneth C. Griffin Exploration Atrium have, in fact, been formed far quicker than the millennia it takes to cut formations into the rock. Instead, the architects used a met،d of ‘spraying concrete directly onto rebar wit،ut traditional formwork in a technique known as “s،tcrete”.’