by Ninni Byrelid des Jamonières
founder of BYRELID ARCHITECTURE
I have always been interested in old things, either if it's architecture, furniture, details or small objects from all over the world.
This reflects my way of how I see architecture and my personal design process.
Living in a modern world doesn't mean that we should forget our history and the surrounding context when we are creating new architecture. It is possible to preserve the history and adapt it to the modern life without losing its authenticity and functionality.
What is defining a room ? How and why is a thing beautiful ? Real architecture is much more than just good taste and fulfilling practical needs. It is something much deeper that needs careful reflections and analyses. Keeping attention of its history helps you to create durable design that pleases many eyes for a long time to come.
My design process often starts with a detail or a feeling that I got from the site, its history or ideas I get from client’s needs. I try to avoid referencing to "trendy" existing design or architecture to force a process that leads to discover new design solutions, finishes and textures. But in my design process I often let local architecture and nature influence my work.
Important design statements
The word contrast(s) can be found in almost all beauty in the world ; light/shadow, soft/hard, smooth/rough, open/closed, solid/void, small/big, old/new, private/public and so on.... Contrasts should therefore appear in all designs.
Multiple uses and purposes shall be found in every element of a design.
Never underestimate the importance of the garden which is today very often forgotten.
As we spend time both outside and inside the house exterior and interior architecture are of the same value.
It is the role of the architect to be a part of them both.
Always adapt well the architecture to the client’s profile by carefully analysing their lifestyle, needs, wishes and budget.