Cases: techniques for the visual expansion of space


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Reflective surfaces- mirrors the environment, expanding perception of space.


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Simple spatial extension- withdrawing the floor slab slightly, connecting the two levels


Multilevel visual contact- Diagonal views through several offset floors

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Atrium/skylight, natural light and sky-bound views without the full atrium.


Fujimoto- Multilevel transparency.

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Elevated privacy core- retains openness, while enabling privacy in one direction.

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Semi outdoor zone- making the hallway into an atrium.


Leading by concealing- next floor is semi-hidden, but underlined by light.

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Ceiling gap- allows for longer views, more light, and a sense of flowing spaces.

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Cutting the core- excess space is cut from the volume, making it lighter and more transparent.

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Core as separator- Divides the larger room in two, without clear walls or doors. Allows for a more fluent space.

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Transparency and function- retaining functional areas, while allowing for visual contact and light transmission.

make a small room look bigger

*If you can se the floor, the room will appear larger, lift things from the floor.

*Reflective surfaces,(mirrors) reflects lights and make the room more airy.

*Bigger and fewer furnitures to avoid cluttering the room. Keep small things out of sight. don`t block views into rooms.

*See-through material will make things beyond appear further away.

*Taking advantage of vertical space to enhance a room’s volume. Investing in custom floor-to-ceiling bookcases provides instant architectural detail and draws the eye upward. This makes a small room feel established in the past, truly solid, and more inviting.At the same time, the bookshelves free up floor space and provide ample room for display so there’s no need to bring in additional furniture, which can make a room look cluttered

*small rooms feel bigger when they engage the senses. Small rooms immediately feel more expansive when a window or French doors allow a breeze to pass through. Tiny rooms feel bigger when their acoustics are harnessed to make the most of beautiful music. And tactile choices play a role. Smooth, cool surfaces of polished stone and marble make a room feel bigger than wood furnishings

*Hang art or painting on a distant wall—preferably a wall in the next room. “By drawing the eye to a distant spot that has a striking visual element, you expand the perceived depth of field”