The Interior as Architectural Principle

8 Pages Posted: 18 May 2017

Date Written: May 2017


The principle of architecture is the creation of an “inside” or an interior. There are three layers of meaning involved in isolating and defining a space as an “inside”: the floor/earth, the wall/world, the ceiling/heavens. The three combined constitute and define a particular version of the archetypical “interior”: the room. Each architectural interior, though, is at the same time a closed space, on itself, and at the same time represents and relates to an “outside” or to the World. This article is published as part of a collection on interiorities.

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Verschaffel, Bart, The Interior as Architectural Principle (May 2017). Palgrave Communications, Vol. 3, 2017, Available at SSRN: or

Bart Verschaffel (Contact Author)

Ghent University ( email )

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