At the intersection of architecture, conservation and design, Interior Architecture takes an innovative approach to transform existing and new buildings. Unlike the fields of interior design and decoration, Interior Architecture looks at understanding the design of buildings from inside out. Interior architecture is the balancing of the art and science of designing an interior space taking into account all elements of the build. The practice of interior architecture requires designers to consider pretty much everything to do with the building of an interior space that will affect human habitation, including materials, finishes, electrical requirements, plumbing, lighting, ventilation, ergonomics, and intelligent use of space. In simple and broad terms, interior design is more to do with the art of the building and interior architecture more concerned with the science.
With the market becoming more sensitive to the idea and the values of design, both the clients and public are now seeking innovations and uniqueness. China has been in the forefront of architectural and technological innovations lately. Chinese growing prominence reflects the changing interiors markets.
Chinese prominence in this field is reflective in the World Interior of the Year 2017 shortlist nominees. While the nominees hail from around the globe, there is one clear winner: China. More than third of the 78 finalists are based in Greater China, including 19 from the mainland, five from Hong Kong and four from Taiwan.
In this issue of Buildotech, we are featuring young and innovative firms from China that are experimenting with a wide range of contemporary styles, often including dramatic feats of complex engineering.
Closer home, we are also introducing, two young and innovative Indian designers who have transformed spaces that could have been mundane to an expression of novelty through materials and concepts.