Indoor-outdoor continuity

Indoor-outdoor continuity

Strengthen the sense of community by encouraging the experience of exterior spaces.

Roche Kaiseraugst, Switzerland
Each space has no more to stay behind a window, but in front of each window it has to be now a new door, opening to a very large balcony-wintergarden.
At this moment, the relation between inside-outside totally changes.
Philippe Vassal - Architect

It's all about connection...

Buildings and their exterior spaces should function as a whole while also providing a strong connection between the inside and the outside.

... and articulation

Roche Kaiseraugst, Switzerland

Visual continuity

Create visually open spaces and make use of materials to support continuity.

  • For example, using the same floor pavement on the ground floor and extending it to the exterior space.
  • Use exterior vegetation that can be viewed from the inside, so users may be inspired by contemplating nature.

Roche Kaiseraugst, Switzerland

Programmatic connectivity

Provide connected community areas between the building and exterior spaces, such as:

  • A shaded terrace with flexible seating adjacent to the cafeteria.
  • Open, outdoor lounge areas that are contiguous to indoor leisure rooms.

Key to

  • Develop surrounding exterior spaces that relate directly to the use of buildings.
  • Create visual and material connections between the inside and the outside.