Nature of the Space

Nature of the Space patterns look at the design of the built world around us and, more importantly, how we relate to it.

Prospect – We have an intrinsic desire to see beyond our immediate surroundings or over long distances, dating back to an anthropological theory of survival. Prospect patterns consider a wider-frame or bigger-picture view of your environment. Elements of interior design that best represent this include the addition of balconies, oversized windows or skylights, mezzanine levels, open-plan spaces or offices and glass or transparent partitions and walls to rooms that provide uninterrupted views.

Refuge – Similarly to Prospect, the Refuge pattern focuses on the ability to look out over your surroundings, but from the safety of a protected position away from the buzz of central areas of activity. An acoustic pod within an open-plan office, for example, provides a safe-haven to concentrate away from noise or stimuli, whilst maintaining a view of the world around it.

Mystery – Replicates the excitement and unknown elements of the great outdoors in our built environment. The promise of more information; achieved through partially obstructed long-distance views, design revelations, surprising installations or unexpected architectural features; draws us in and engages us with our environment. The success of the Mystery pattern is in the anticipation of what might be around the corner, which creates a strong and undeniably pleasurable human response.

Risk/Peril – The thrill of danger from an identifiable risk, coupled with the sense of a reliable safeguard. Evolution designed us for survival. Whether it’s a high walk-way, or glass wall overlooking a city skyline, the Risk/Peril pattern triggers the rush of living on the edge of safety.

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