by Sara Costi
Open spaces are flexible architectural spaces without partition walls (except bathrooms), in which natural light is an added value.
The first open space was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Larkin Administrative Building constructed in Buffalo, New York, in 1906.
Open spaces meet the needs of modern living. Families are getting smaller, and there are increasingly fewer houses with lots of rooms and a garden and more apartments in the city centres, where every square metre counts.
The kitchen, dining room, and living room merge into one open space, which can also become a home office to embrace the age of smart working. Lofts can turn into a bedroom area. The whole house – except for the bathroom, of course – can be one open space.
If there are no structural constraints, the most popular solution in both restorations and new buildings is to merge the kitchen and living room into one open space.
However, if there are structural constraints, you can avoid closing off the kitchen by opting for a partially open wall between the kitchen and the living area. White adds an ethereal and dreamlike touch to these open settings, and soft white ceramic tiles enhance the colour neutrality and lightness of the whole composition. The next two settings feature Casalgrande Padana polished porcelain stoneware tiles from the Unicolore collection in Bianco Assoluto and the Marte collection in Thassos.
Having a kitchen open to the living room is one of the main reasons for an open space both in restorations and new buildings. The ideal solution is a kitchen with a peninsula, which separates the kitchen area and can be used as a table. This way, the kitchen is not just the place where to cook, but a place where to gather and enjoy everyday life.
Light plays an essential role in any setting. You can increase natural light with recessed spotlights and carefully positioned fixtures, floor lamps, and suspended lamps to enhance the space.