Camouflaged Architecture – What is it all about?

When you hear the word ‘camouflage’, what comes to mind? Do you think of the military or perhaps a chameleon? Camouflage is defined as “the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see (crypsis), or by disguising them as something else (mimesis)”. Camouflaged architecture is very much tied in with the growing need for sustainable and eco-friendly design concepts.

Often also referred to as cryptic colouration,  in the past architectural designs have looked at standing out from nature but with more and more conservationists, camouflaged architecture has taken off. These homeowners are seeking out designs and architects that will utilise the land to the fullest, embracing nature and let it coexist with the architecture intended.  In an episode of “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes”, TV hosts Caroline and Piers shift their focus to the forest, where unconventional homes await outside Madrid, in the Catskills and in New Zealand. Now, in this episode (Season 1, Episode 2), they look at construction feat of camouflaged architecture that was done by weaving through the beautiful pohutukawa trees in Piha, New Zealand. This camouflaged architecture was carried out with strict environmental practices and permissions in mind.

Camouflaged architecture not only takes into account immersing a design concept into its surrounding above ground, but subterranean (or underground) camouflaged architecture is also a great choice. The construction of a home can be done underground with proper ventilation and creatively placed windows (even with the use of mirrors to bring light into the camouflaged architecture underground. Here are some subterranean camouflaged architecture inspirations.

There are also ways in which, modern homes can be camouflaged with the use of foliage on the likes of the exterior walls and rooftops, whereby reinforced slabs (to handle the weight of rooftop) replace roofs. Look at these green rooftops and camouflaged architecture  inspirations!

Apart from the above mentioned camouflaged architecture concepts, there is also the use of mirrors or reflective surfaces to blend into the surroundings. These too are making head waves in the world. One such home was also featured in episode.

Have a look at the episode preview, that’s available on Netflix too, below.

Compact Homes

The idea of compact homes is the fusion of creative means of utilising available (but limited) space to create functional living spaces. It’s a housing trend that is taking the world by storm as property prices are rising and more and more cities are becoming over-crowded .The idea of compact homes is to offer comfortable living in modest proportions and it’s something we at RM Perera can definitely get behind.

In our last blog post, we looked at Space Saving Furniture, and this time around, we look at how Compact Homes can still be modest yet functional. If you are looking forward to city living due to ease of travel and access to various important locales (work/school/etc), then compact homes are up your ally. Compact Homes with modest dwellings do have lack of space, however it takes away the need to move to suburbs that will allow for more space but may have more disadvantages such as commute, traffic and distance from your place of work/study/etc. It should be kept in mind that Compact Homes does not mean cramped living; instead what you need to keep in mind is smart design, and advances in technology can open up new avenues for compact homes to make them functional and easy for living.

Here is one such example of compact homes, with a loft/mezzanine that maximises on space in a 22m2 area. The layout is straightforward and so very compact and functional.

Another such example is also The Goort Compact Homes, which includes just oer 37m2 but also includes a space for formal dining that can accommodate between 8-10 people/a buffet table or house party that can accommodate 6-8 people, a cinema hall style setup for small company of about 4-5 persons, or even an overnight stay for friends for around 2 or 3 people.

If you are looking for some inspiration on how to turn a 35m2 space into a fully functional Compact Home, take a look at the Never Too Small Youtube Channel episode below which features a 1 bedroom-1 bathroom Compact Home;

Images: visuall, youtube

Space Saving Furniture

As the real estate gets more and more compact, finding unique and creative means of adding more to what you have is what makes modern homes quite spectacular. In this edition of the RM Perera Sri Lankan Interior Design blog, we focus of the ingenuity of space saving furniture. Whilst this involves custom furniture the fact that you get more for your space and have dual purposes is truly a return on investments.  Here are some of our favourites for space saving furniture.

Space Saving Furniture: Coffee Table

Dual functionality is one of the greatest reasons for the need for space saving furniture. These coffee table at first glance look like any average coffee table but transform into these great pieces of functional furniture.

Space Saving Furniture: Desks and Tables

Once again, space saving furniture that transform into functional furniture such as these desks and tables make for great additions to your household or even office where extra desk space is always valued.

Space Saving Furniture:  Beds

Adding more space for beds, without taking up space is a great feat. Sofa beds and murphy beds are some of the best space saving furniture available today.

Get in touch with the RM Perera team to get your own space saving furniture.

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