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With summer fast approaching, the weather reminds us that the start of this season means the beginning of outdoor living. As the trend of the recent years, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living is the essential point to consider for architectural design for summer.

Summer In The Cities vs. Beach/Rural Areas

In more urbanized areas it’s definitely harder to create an outdoor oasis to truly experience and enjoy the summer. Luckily, this can be done without the need for a large space. From living spaces, retail architecture to co-working space designs, its possible to consider a few fundamental points to incorporate summer vibes into the design. A few essentials, a smooth indoor-outdoor transition, natural and colorful materials can suffice. For residential projects, its important to take into account the functionality when choosing the place to highlight for experiencing outdoor areas. For example if cooking is an area of interest, then creating an outdoor kitchen would be the main focus to create an area to experience summer. Of course for most locations when designing for the outdoors, multi-purpose, multi-function and most of all multi-season living spaces should be the focus as there will be a limited amount of time that the space can be used. For commercial venues, it is easier to utilize the outdoors as the focal point of the venue. Especially in beach side venues, the right combination of communal and private spaces is the key. Some ideas for creating a private space in commercial venues are using half closed off lounge areas and/or flowing textile separators or natural elements such as plants. The spatial usage options are much more in rural than urban areas, but with strategic planning and material usage, space shortage challenges can be overcome.

Redefining Boundaries 

The transition of indoor and outdoor areas is the best part of warm weather focused architectural design. The lines between outdoor and indoor can be blurred and boundaries redefined. To accomplish this, use of natural materials, large windows to let in the natural light and strategic use of plants can make all the difference. Frameless/borderless sliding doors, windows, even a skylight will change the whole environment of the space. When considering designing for summer, a nature based human-centric design always will work. With luxury interior design elements such as accents of colorful cushions, plants, fabrics and perhaps a fireplace can change the outdoor living area into a cozy outdoor oasis. Take a look at some of our sea side projects that have successfully redefined the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces:

Contemporary take on Japanese architecture, Ioki Restaurant in Bodrum, Turkey

Inspired by the sea, a luxury restaurant design in Bodrum, Turkey: Lucca

High End Restaurant Design, inspired by the coast: La Guerite in Marmaris, Turkey