Form follows function – this is a design rule that influences contemporary open-plan living.
We’ve seen this defining architectural guideline applied to most new and renovated homes featuring multifunctional spaces: be it the open-plan kitchen, dining and living room area or the master bedroom with en suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.
Speaking to industry experts, we take a look at the trends and considerations of multifunctional open-plan living.
THE ARCHITECTURAL ANGLE
Contemporary residential architecture has made a strong move towards more open-plan spaces, both indoors and out. Elaborating on trends, professional architect Antoinette Horngren of JK Designs says: “As people are spending more time at home, we have noticed an increase in requests for multifunctional spaces.
“Even though we are living in a time of social isolation, clients are yearning for a future where they can entertain again.”
The entertainer’s home always has numerous spaces to socialise within, most of which are open-plan or connected to each other, says Horngren. “As a result of beautiful weather and our social culture, we foresee that the biggest trend locally will be open-plan living areas that seamlessly flow onto a large patio. This creates the inside-outside living that South Africans adore.”
CONSIDER THIS: Although open-plan spaces are highly sought after, they must be properly thought through, advises Horngren. “When designing these spaces you have to consider the technical and practical side of the space. This includes, but is not limited to, heating and cooling, acoustics, security and privacy.”
When it comes to the interior details, senior interior designers and directors of Matt & Stan Design Studio Zanee Matthews and Antionette Stander note how South African homes’ layouts differ from European properties.
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