Introduction

“[a building should be] dumb on the outside and reveal its wealth on the inside” – Adolf Loos

Unlike architecture, which is a long and arduous process, interiors are often small, quick and fun, and can offer the opportunity to experiment with materials and design ideas, liberating innovation and giving creativity free rein. Yet it is a serious discipline and if an imaginative concept is to be translated into a successful build, it needs to be backed by sound practical thinking. Interior architecture is controlled by strict adherence to codes and programmatic functioning, and in collaboration with engineers, contractors and builders. Although the end results can be artistic, of utmost importance are commercial viability, the needs ...

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