The interplay between what is inside and outside determines the private and public life of those that inhabit our spaces. humnlab+ architecture / creates a balance between the space inside and outside of a building while contextualizing the building's presence in its location by using congruent materials.
The spectrum between transparent and opaque materials provides a sliding scale with certainty and privacy on either side. The choices in translucent materials shape spaces through the manipulation of light while creating an ambiguity between spaces that illicit wonder to those experiencing the building.
Built spaces are appropriated, interpreted and adapted by those who dwell in them. Their individual shape provides a context for the life inside of the space. Likewise, our buildings live within a context. A building considers climate, the neighborhood, local ordinances and the local culture. In that sense, our buildings are a demagnification of the surrounding environment.
Offsetting refers to our drive to create intricate yet subtle solutions at the location where two or more faces of our structure connect. This allows the viewer to perceive the building as a well-thought-out puzzle piece adding joy and appreciation to the lived experience.
Manipulating mass codifies our beliefs into a narrative within the building and fleshes out each of our preceding philosophies while imbuing the structure with style. For instance, we stack floors on top of one another to create a visual hierarchy. Defining the size of individual components within the space relays their sense of importance relative to the entire building. Combining these elements can create floating structures by putting the larger space atop the smaller space creating an alluring shape.