Creating a sense of identity through environment

High-end home designs that embody a sense of place have the ability to remain timeless for generations to come.

For Aquila Homes Design Manager Christopher McMahon, a project’s sense of place is heavily entrenched in its design.

“The design should respond to local context, environmental factors and the client’s brief,” he said.

“In regards to design aesthetic, I feel each project should hold a certain level of individuality. Having a definitive aesthetic can sometimes restrict the possibilities of the project.”

When creating a meaningful and luxurious environment, Mr McMahon said elements such as space, light and orientation were critical.

“These elements should be at the forefront of a designer’s site analysis,” he said.

“Quality-designed spaces will demonstrate a strong undertaking of these elements.”

Mr McMahon said a sense of purpose was developed through extensive research.

“Context, environment and brief should act as the key narrative. This is often where the project evolves from,” he said.

“We have the ability to create moments for clients that may be imperceptible during the design process but become strikingly evident once the final project has materialised and is occupied.”

How a person connects to an environment holds significant value, according to Mr McMahon.

“For me, the highest level of luxury would be a place that has a positive impact on its occupants,” he said.

Residential designs have transformed over recent years to accommodate outdoor living.

While initially decks, patios, and alfresco areas were the focus, the trend has now evolved into outdoor kitchens and even fully furnished outdoor rooms.

“Being connected to the outdoors can be grounding and calming for occupants,” Mr

McMahon said. “It can also create a heightened level of experience.”