Collaboration with Inara Nevskaya and DUS Architects, Amsterdam.


research assistant





Our first relation to a space is constructed upon entry, when the body instinctively tries to find a position from where the sensory system has a good overview. Once the body affirms this space, we start to interact with the particular space. Reading distances given by the organization of the space and the placement of objects within it create a dynamic and inhabited space, a place with soft dimensions.


The project Soft Dimensions is an exploration into the position of human scale and dimension in contemporary design. Through history various dimension systems have been introduced into design practice, based on the human body and its activities. Rather than a tool to accommodate the human in the space, such systems are focused on legislation and building codes, standard objects, and mundane routines. A functional approach inherent to the time and society they were produced in.


Yet contemporary society is trying to break away from what is standard, constantly in search of production forms that stand closer to the individual. Contemporary design requires more consideration of how spaces can be used and how to prepare them for reprogramming. This means that a part of the design practice is shifting from the planning of designated exteriors/interiors towards the design of processes.


Soft Dimensions searches for a new language of documentation which will merge these hard numbers of design practice with the soft dimensions that belong to a space. Anticipating the interaction between people and interiors, thinking beyond average persons and standard categories like dwelling, office and public space, and suggesting flexible structures for sustainable use through time.


Soft Dimensions aims to be a new tool in the design practice; a tool that stands closer to reality, where nothing is simple and no routine is standard; an accessible tool, the goal of which is not only to exchange the knowledge, but also to serve as a practical guide to approach spatial design beyond the restrained modernist system of dimensions. To create a reference which will serve as common ground and a new tool in the communication between the designer and the user.