While architects are generally associated with building exteriors, at FrankFranco Architects, we take a more holistic approach to design. The exterior of the building can set the tone of a project, but the interiors allow for users to engage with the architecture; placing emphasis on the interior design and detailing of a space is an opportunity to strengthen overall design concepts and, in the case of residential design, reflect the lifestyle of the owners.
Architecture doesn’t stop at the front door. Stairs, fireplaces, feature walls, and ceilings present opportunities for architectural detailing and the innovative use of materials.
Architecture doesn’t stop at the front door. Stairs, fireplaces, feature walls, and ceilings present opportunities for architectural detailing and the innovative use of materials. Lighting design, millwork, hardware, furniture, and curated art are essential elements which support and enhance the architecture. Developing a language at the onset of a project, and carrying it through to the execution of the final design is necessary in order to achieve architectural resolution at all scales – from the overall form, right down to the edge detail on a piece of millwork.
Integration of interior and exterior spaces is among the most important components of our design philosophy, as discussed in our previous blog posts on modern design. Visually connecting interior spaces with the surrounding context is achieved by framing views to the site, and by taking materials utilized on the exterior and bringing them in to the habitable space. In doing so, we are able to eliminate the disconnect between “architecture” and “Interiors”, and further articulate our disposition on modern design.
While modern residential design often results in interesting exteriors with minimalist interiors, at Frankfranco Architects, we have no aversion to challenging the status quo. Rather than limiting interiors to drywall and paint, our approach investigates a larger palette of colours, textures, and patterns. We are constantly experimenting with materials, manipulating them only to bring out their best features. With so many beautiful and unique materials available to use, our approach is, admittedly, more is more. Stone, concrete, and metal – materials typically reserved for exteriors – are brought inside and paired with wood, textiles, and natural stone to blur the line between habitable space and nature.
We strive to create cohesive architecture that both satisfies the requirements of habitation yet reflects the disposition of the homeowners. Whether through the continuity of materials, a unique feature wall, a ribbon-like stair, or a highly detailed millwork piece, each project presents an opportunity to showcase architectural resolution at a multitude of scales. The resulting interiors are refined, inspired, and timeless.
All Images of Woodland House by FrankFranco Architects. Photography by Anthony Manieri.