Envelopes and exteriority

Local specificity and extended exterior as design criteria for architectural envelopes


  • Sareh Saeidi The Oslo School of Architecture and Design




This article discusses the relationship of architecture to its surrounding environment. The objective of the article is i) to reposition the relationship of architecture and its surrounding exterior by expanding the understanding of architectural envelopes, and ii) to systematically define exterior space as design input. The notion of the envelope encompasses a spatial recognition defined by interactions between interior and exterior environments that affects an inhabitant’s experience of architectural space. This research is organised in three sections: a) a literature review to systematically examine the terminologies of this research, b) selected case studies that consider exteriority as a design criterion, and c) research through design inquiry to combine a systematic approach with design thinking. The study applies both conceptual and method-oriented approaches to develop an integrated design approach focused on the climatic and atmospheric performances of architectural envelopes.


Sareh Saeidi, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Sareh Saeidi is an architect and researcher educated at KTH –the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (M.S.A. 2014). She has seven years of experience working both as an independent architect and in collaboration with well-established consulting engineers offices. Her keen interest in questions of local specificity and role of building envelopes in affecting the architectural experience and building’s climatic performance became the key motive in pursuing her PhD-level research at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) since September 2014.




Hvordan referere

Saeidi, S. (2019). Envelopes and exteriority: Local specificity and extended exterior as design criteria for architectural envelopes. FormAkademisk, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.2717

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