From Garden Wrapping Houses to Shaded Private Enclaves

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Mar 12, 2015
Privacy in architecture refers to design choices that give people a sense of security and privacy in a physical space. Particularly when designing residential dwellings, it's important to bear in mind that despite the importance of the materials used, level of eco-friendliness, availability of different amenities and luxuries and so on, a home at the end of the day is a place where one should feel safe in a private space.

In this regard, many urban homes are great examples of privacy in architecture in that they give their inhabitants refuge from the noise and bustle that surrounds them. In the urban context, a good home must feel like an oasis of calm in a stormy desert.

It's not just about being separated from the chaos around you though. Even within a home or other building, there is often a need for designated public and private areas. In a luxury home, you don't want spaces used for guest entertainment to infringe on more private areas of the home such as bedrooms.

What's interesting about the theme of privacy in architecture is the number of creative ways in which it can be explored, with everything from building materials and surrounding nature pliable to help create a sense of privacy and separation.