The article “Live-work:Understanding the Typology” written by Jonathan Tarbatt explains the terms work-live and live-work together with their general needs to exist. The second essay “Beyond Live/Work: The Architecture of Home- Based Work” by Frances Holliss gives more examples about the theme itself. Both of these writings do explain the needs for a working environment inside a home, which brought the question “What are the architectural needs of a private home to be considered as a live-work environment ?”
The modern form of live/work (Fig7) evolved from artists and areas such as colonization of under-utilized industrial, which are present in the Soho, New York City district. The life of a creative person became more and more popular it the 1980s with the medias help, because Cinema and TV where kind of promoting it. This led to it becoming a widely crossed spread of industrialists the world. This is called as the “SoHo Effects” can be associated with the “Hexton Effect” which is based in the United Kingdom. Both have a similar pattern of colonization. San Fransisco was one of the early cities in the United States of America to experiment with the Live/Work concept. Unfortunately their places developed into a primarily residential area, rather than keeping live and work together. In the United Kingdom, ‘atelier’ units where being stablished under the main design reasons. For example, in Hackney new units where being to constructed over the past years were for ‘live/work’.
Today the Live/Work concept is having severe image problem. It has been seen as a scam, because it is only being used for residential reasons. ‘The Government believes that it is important to help create mixed and inclusive communities, which offer a choice of housing and lifestyle. It does not accept that different types of housing and tenures make bad neighbour. Local planning authorities should encourage the development of mixed and balanced communities: they should ensure that new housing developments help to secure a better social mix by avoiding the creation of large areas of housing of similar characteristics…’ (Dwelly p.10) The flexible use of these type of structures must be considered all the time by interior architects. The fact that the home must be designed accordingly to provide an work environment, as well as a primate as possible home space is quite challenging. These design challenges are being faced by interior architects. The general questions which would have to be answered at the very beginning would be “what type of living conditions are requested ?” and “What kind of work will be done in the space? “. Of course building such a multi-functional building is more than just adding an extra work room. The flexibility of the spaces, the circulation between them, the space interactions and other points must be considered in detail. For example, architect Noel Isherwood has his people work at his one bedroom live/work unit in Islington, located north of London. During working hours only the bedroom is off limits during the day time. This may work for him , which does not mean it would have to work for other companies. The privacy issue is also hard to solve in such interiors. Another point which needs to known beforehand is the size required for the working area and the activities which will take place. For example, if it will only be an IT company, which only meets with clients in their firms, a meeting room may not be as big as one for an design company which will have a lot of clients come to their working space.
Storage space also needs planing when live/work areas are being designed. For example, artistic and craft industries may require more storage area for their paints, tools and huge papers, when compared to office-based businesses. Of course in all of these design decisions the occupants who will use the space should be integrated into the interior design and architectural devotions as much as possible. In the end they will be using the space on a daily basis, which has the outcome that they have to feel as comfy able as possible.
In general, live/work spaces (Fig8) do have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to creating such multi-functional spaces. They may be suited for more creative businesses, rather than more formal cooperations. Live/work projects have started to emerge in the United Kingdom, which does show that this concept is growing in a rapid way. On the other hand, if these spaces are not designed as explained, there will be difficulties during the designing phase up to when the occupants will be using the building in a more constant way. The quality of the interior architecture will be crucial and should not be rushed in any kind of way possible. If this is done in the right manner, it could be argued that such projects will develop much faster in the United Kingdom, as in other countries as well.