What’s the point of architectural design? Depends on who is using the building, but talented designers and architects around the world can do unbelievable things with buildings. Today’s post is an example of the power of well-designed living spaces. Enter: The Happy New House. Designed by Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), the happy house is just that, a place where the Alan Family can express its "family brand." They wanted a home renovation that expressed their distinct family attributes: artsy but not artsy-fartsy, cultured but not elitist, spontaneous but not disorderly, informal but not messy, into Macs and iPods but not techie, and into the finer things of life but not extravagant.
Noticeably, the architect went with multi-toned, bright colors to express the Alan Family brand. The interior design includes a clever mixture of public and private spaces to allow for individuality, but still encourage "elbow-rubbing" opportunities. Tons of integrated shelving blends into the modern design and helps reduce clutter, and the outdoor living room blurs the indoor/outdoor barrier, which allows the family to connect to the backyard area.
We’ve all lived in places that just didn’t work out that well. The same place might fit another person completely, but the reality is, individuals and families do have differences that can be accounted for with creative design. The extra cost of designing your home or office, just might pay dividends in productivity, livability, and enjoyability later on. Yet another reason why first costs could be misleading. See also Archinect.