Narrative Architecture: the human element

Narrative Architecture was the topic of engaging conversation at the B/A/D Talks (Builders/Architects/Designers) community event last week. Photos and story to come!

Narrative Architecture is a concept that inspires us. We came across the following definition that we think offers a glimpse of the enduring, engaging qualities offered by narrative architecture:

"In architecture, narrative prioritizes human experiences and the need to shape them into stories. It places the emphasis on a building's meaning. [...]Rather than reducing architecture to a mere style or an overt emphasis on technology, it foregrounds how buildings are experienced." -excerpt from the book Narrative Architecture by Nigel Coates.

We think the home shown above is a notable example of narrative architecture. Photo: Michael J. Lee / Architect: Ruth Bennett, RBA Architecture / Designer: Susan B. Acton. Link to New England Home Magazine's story: His, Hers and Theirs.

KR+H in Residential Architect Magazine

Michael J. Lee Photography

Michael J. Lee Photography

Residential Architect, a magazine of The American Institute of Architects, highlights in their k + b studio department a project KR+H contributed to.

Paul Reidt collaborated on the cabinetry design with the homeowners; and we worked with architect Ruth Bennett, RBA Architecture, and interior designer Susan Acton, Susan B. Acton Interiors. (Custom Home magazine, RA's sister publication, also ran the story.)

See and read more in Residential Architect, July/August issue online: kitchen: sidebar + bath: still waters