DESIGNING FROMTHE INSIDE OUT
UDesign are an award-winning architectural and interior design company offering comprehensive services in architecture, interiors, 3D visualisation, bespoke furniture design and project management.
They create spaces that provoke emotions, designing and building homes that are clean and contemporary on the outside, and ooze sophistication and quality on the inside bringing together both the creative and the technical aspects of innovative architectural design.
Recent projects include two private villas in the Cayman Islands, a contemporary 1.500 m2 villa in Cascada de Camojan, a minimalist hillside residence in Monte Paraíso, a state-of-the-art mansion in La Zagaleta and their current project Vista Lago Residences – 18 designer villas in El Real de la Quinta. Last month the company was honoured with the award for “Best Architecture Single Residence, Spain” in the International Property Awards for the avant-garde Villa Alcuzcuz on the Ronda road (read more about this villa on page 98). Nontraditional design.
Traditionally, one thinks of architects designing the house from the outside, not from the inside out. UDesign does it differently. “All our designs start on the inside, especially with regard to views and available light, and we seldom know before we start how the outside will look.
This may seem illogical to some, but to us it’s the right way to do it, and it’s one of the reasons we are very different from any other architecture and design company”, says Jason Harris, Creative Director of the team.
“Sometimes, a house can look like a stunning piece of sculpture from the outside but inside it’s disappointing. We made a decision as a company that we would never compromise inside space and light at the expense of the outside.
As one would expect, we make the outside as beautiful as possible, but only when the inside is perfect will we begin to look seriously at the outside. The planning of the furniture begins before the room itself is planned. It’s all about living space, furniture and light.”
So what determines the design?
“One of the most important factors in the design of a home is the lifestyle of the future residents”, says Jason. “We talk a lot with our clients before starting the project, about probable occupant numbers, children, overnight visitors and so on.
And about lifestyle, because how people live determines the kind of house they need. We look at the plot at different times of the day, keeping seasons in mind too, and we design for these factors just as much as any views the house might have.”
“Our design always starts in the meeting of minds between client and architect, and that includes every aspect of the finished building, from the way the doors open to the exact position of the pool house. Getting it right means getting it right from the start.”
UDesign’s in-house 3D artists work together with the architectural and interior design team to provide clients a glimpse into the future allowing them to visualise their home before it is even built. Contact the team on 952 794 117 or visit their website for more information udesign.es