Artists and designers are always drawn to inspiration using their full value and potential of their senses. Whether that inspirations come from particular smell, a dramatic landscape, the tactile feel of a smooth or rough material, or even a taste that reminds them of a particular time or setting. It really can be anything that livens our spirituality and evokes emotion in us when looking at the design. Similarly, designers and design teams worldwide draw from different architectural styles and buildings as a tool for inspiration for their next designs. Let us take a look at how different studios and designers around the world use inspiration from other places and experiences of different cultures and apply it to their next big projects.
Kleinewelt Arhitekten, an architectural firm based in Russian and founded by architects Nikolay Pereslegin, Sergey Pereslegin, and Georgiy Trofimov, has drawn from Italian inspiration in their design of a residential building in Moscow. The project will house apartments, a transformable exhibition hall, and conference halls all in a design that is drawn from historical Russian chambers and Italian palazzos for a mixed-use development called allegoria mosca. Kleinewelt Arhitekten wanted to reflect many different layers of historic importance and traces of design clues from the Italian Renaissance architect; Aristotle Fioravanti. A project that will shed light on global architecture and a different vision of what a residential building can be all as a byproduct of the combination of a mix of different cultures and design principles.
It is always important that global communication stays active as it is a factor that determines our quality of life and our well-being on our selves and others. Lets take a look at UNstudio as an example of what implementing different cultures and taking into account different factors that directly impact societies today. This studio originally began with Ben van Berkel, a lecturer at TU Delft, and Caroline Bos, an art historian and architectural journalist. Their goal from conception was to shape the world that we are all living in. Focusing on the human needs and cultivating cross cultural knowledge that currently spans across two continents and over 30 countries. As a direct quote from their manifesto, they feel that “our past, present and future is all about connecting people to places and to each other, in relevant, flexible and future-proof ways. They’ve built the foundations of their company along those very same future-proof principles, and with that brave, complex and exciting future in mind.
If we look at their project ‘city of the future’, they believe that urbanization and sustainability play a significant role in the development of human society. However, one of the centripetal aspects to the main argument is that in order for us to succeed as a society, we have to interact with one another, as it is the only way that we will be able to innovate at a higher and more productive rate. Inuce a Swiss based architectural firm with offices in China is another firm to look at when it comes to integrating different cultures and beliefs. Cultural change is an important aspect to take into consideration when catering for a large demographic. Every aspect of culture needs to be measured and a mix of what the future can be with careful consideration of the past, will essentially benefit everyone in our society. Drawing from past experiences and allowing societies to be the benefactors of future designs by targeting their senses and beliefs, will influence the world on a global scale.
We are aware of the intrinsic responsibility we have as architects as we influence the world with our designs. Inuce website