‘Bringing the outside in’ is a popular trend in modern design, and one that can incorporate a number of alternative ideas and techniques. While some of these are relatively simple, there are others that demand significant invest and look to create external design elements within a permanent structure.
Take the popular Motorhome Project, for example, which is the brainchild of Andrew Simpson Architects and is located in the sun-kissed, coastal location of Victoria, Australia. The inspiration for this structure is a classic beach house, which has subsequently been evolved to meld the familiarity of home with adventure of life on the open road.
What can you take from the Motorhome Project: How to incorporate External Design Ideas
With this in mind, what are the key elements that you can take from this project when mirroring a similar philosophy on a smaller budget? Consider the following: –
Understand the importance of Location
Location is crucial when you buy any home, but even more so for those who are looking to implement an overall design theme throughout their property. The Motorhome Project embodies this ethos perfectly, as it is located on the stunning Australian coastline and helps to underline the sense of freedom and vastness. The Port Fairy resort also joins with Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, and is ideal for properties that feature external design features. You may therefore need to search for rural or coastal locations that provide a viable backdrop for your project.
Optimise space and the use of Natural Light
As anyone who has ever owned a motorhome can testify, it is imperative to optimise the space at your disposal. This must also be incorporated into your design project, as you invest in structural concepts such as an open plan kitchen, a minimalist living area and fluid room layouts. The use of natural wood materials where possible also helps, as this captures greater levels of natural light and creates the subtle illusion of space.
On a final note, consider borrowing ideas from renowned motorhome brands such as Niesmann and Bischoff, who have thrived for more than 30 years and have a reputation for designing luxurious and spacious interiors.
Create a practical and functional Living Space
One of the best features of the Motorhome Project is its integration of functional and temporary design elements within a permanent structure. This can be achieved conceptually without the need to counterpoint ceilings or create the illusion of a membrane structure; however, as fixtures such as modular storage units, multipurpose furniture and energy-efficient LED lighting offer a practical purpose while also contributing to the overall design idea.
Spot lights are particularly effective, as they can be located in unusual locations and controlled to create practical, adventurous and romantic shades of lightening.