or rather, an impression of light airy spaciousness -
even when actual space is limited.
I put the Space and Light first because that's what makes a delight of the living and working in the interior. But it's created and shaped simultaneous with the exterior, which is a response to site and surroundings - and the vision of you the client.
Whether I'm finding maximum relaxed utility in a tiny or constrained site (as in the pics below)
or simply because floorspace is verrry expensive to build or refurbish (£1-2k per m2),
spacious-feeling compactness is the most fundamental economy.
For example, one of many tools for compact spaciousness and light airiness is going off-angle i.e. not sticking to boxy rectilinear.
That shapeliness is half the charm of old buildings;
it was a common option for architects in drawing-board days;
but I believe has been all-but forgotten in the CAD (computer drawing) era.
I straddle all those traditions, so we may well create something surprisingly effective.
Of course, cuboid is appropriate sometimes, but I often find that making things like curved or subtly angled walls, and ceilings sloping from low to lofty achieve so much live-ability for the money.
... making SPACE and LIGHT
HOW we'll COLLABORATE
but Sun-scoop captures
high-level sunshine into living space
Sun struggles over rooftop horizon