Thrice: Blurring Demarcation between Inside and Out

By Jacqueline Power.

Published by The Design Collection

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Demarcation between inside and outside is generally regarded as essential to architecture and is a defining aspect of interiority. In many instances this demarcation takes the form of architectural planes. Current theory ranges between a desire to move beyond such a demarcation and the urge for its return, but focuses mostly on global forms of architectural design, in disembodied abstract geometric elements. The relationship between interiority and landscape will be discussed in the following paper using embodied elements. Landscape theory and interior design theory will be drawn upon to show new forms of spatial demarcation.

‘Three Natures,’ as discussed by landscape philosopher John Dixon Hunt and the notion of ‘Third Space’ applied to architecture as expressed by theorist Tom Loveday, are two notions that will inform the theoretical position taken to describe demarcated interiority. The ‘Three Natures’ provide a framework to understand types of landscapes and levels of human intervention, whilst ‘Third Space’ clarifies building spaces prior to their becoming architectural. This paper will suggest that by linking the two, and utilizing it within interior theory, a more holistic understanding of spatial demarcation may emerge.

Keywords: Interior Architecture, Demarcation, Three Natures, Third Space

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.291-302. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.464KB).

Jacqueline Power

PhD Candidate, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Jacqueline completed a Bachelor of Interior Architecture graduating with Honours Class 1. She is currently a casual staff member of the Interior Architecture program at the University of New South Wales, and a PhD candidate. Her PhD research, for which she was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award, is investigating Australian Indigenous interiors. She has published several journal articles stemming from her PhD research. Jacqueline also works in the New South Wales Government Architect’s Office - Specialist Services Heritage Group.


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