Conventional interior design has certain limitations. Unlike an architect, an interior designer is dealing with a built shell or form that they must then manipulate, build into or build out of, but cannot restructure…for the most part.
As green building has become more mainstream, it has given everyone in the this industry food for thought, leading to perhaps the most prominent thought: how can we build, design and/or develop something in the most efficient way possible?
While not all efficiencies are exactly ‘green’ concepts, that exact sector is influencing industry members to wade into the green landscape by becoming more efficient in the design, development and running of their built spaces.
Interior designers know the reality of a space – they see the form and have to work within these limitations. However, a strategy that is becoming almost common practice combines breaking through some of these design constraints in order to create ultimate space efficiency and flexibility.
This practice is the addition of operable, or sliding walls.
Including the fitout element in their latest refurbishment project for the Transport Construction Authority (TCA), TDA Interiors looked to making the space flexible rather than focusing on exorbitant structural redevelopment in order to cater to the changing needs and functions of the various meeting spaces.
The $1.1 million fitout encompasses 1,000 square metres and was completed under nine weeks. While a numbers of factors go into a speedy delivery, the choice of implementing operable walls has allowed for the flexibility to create a number of different rooms and room layouts without time-consuming major structural works needing to be undertaken.
Intelligent lighting and air conditioning systems were also included in order to maximise comfort and productivity levels regardless of whether a space is used a small meeting room or a large conference space.
Flexible design is here to stay. With increasing population density forcing us to live smaller than ever before, implementing interior design elements that allow for a maximisation of functional space is increasingly becoming a necessity. Rules are meant to be broken, and the idea that an interior designer can’t ‘break the mould’ so to speak, when reconfiguring interior architecture is an outdated mentality.