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What Characterizes Luxury in Architecture

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The idea of luxury – how it can be defined can be subjective. However, we are not strangers to seeing what opulence and luxury can take form in, especially in architecture.

So what characterizes luxury in architecture? What characterizes luxury in architecture is that it is built with construction in mind, with the quality of space, light and a high level of compactibility. These are not cookie-cutter homes, but rather, houses that are well-proportioned and have an architectural style that emits visual elegance both inside and out.

In addition, luxury in architecture possesses interiors that strive for an unencumbered, minimally programmed spaciousness, where meaningful, often charmingly simple moments can unfold freely. From homes to hotels to workspaces, as broader cultural values shift, design amenities increasingly reflect an appreciation for the quality of life, while spaces tend to signal a yearning to connect to nature and to our communities.

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Firstly, the indoor-outdoor connection is a strong component found often in luxury architecture. Some prominent examples may include planted flat roofs that are fully accessible, outdoor terraces abound with glass and water features. Such features help extend the inside-outside quality of the house.

Furthermore, it has also been part of a long standing to have strong indoor-outdoor connection. Not only does it help allow more light to enter the space, but it also elevates the space’s aesthetic value. In middle to upper-class homes, indoor-outdoor connections usually included having several doors that led to verandas or patios located outside.

Enhanced Form

Good architecture not only does transform buildings into livable homes - but also enhances structure and function and structure. The shape of a home serves the everyday needs of the dwellers. Meanwhile, the building materials of a luxury architectural structure are chosen for their specific properties, which also include durability and the ability to last long.

The properties of those building materials, therefore, must be compatible with the goal and purpose of the structure. Overall, architecture enhances all these, which leads to a stronger, more functional structure.

Quality of Space

The second characteristic of luxury architecture is its quality of space. It is prominent, especially in high-end architectural residences.

One of the most misconceptions about luxury architecture is that the materials used for it are high-quality. However, in reality, luxury architecture veers towards more space quality than the materials used.

The space quality of luxury architecture is abundant. There is no excess. And the space is not lacking whenever it is in use. It’s enough for people to freely move around, work, and rest in.

Furthermore, the location of the space is just right: it is in a good location where you can get adequate sunlight and fresh air.


The ability of a building to maintain, over its lifetime, the performance for which it was designed is called Durability. It is also a quality of luxury architecture. For an architectural structure to be durable, its design must accommodate its original landscape and surroundings.

That way, it has a stronger chance of lasting longer. In addition to that, durability helps make luxury architecture more timeless.

20 Years of Architectural Design with APL Architecture

Suppose you want to update your home and make it into the luxurious space it was always destined to be! In that case, you will need to hire an architectural firm with years of experience and specialization under its belt. Here's where APL Architects come in.

APL Architects is a premiere Manila-based architectural firm. For over 20 years, APL Architects has provided creative solutions and quality professional services for all architectural projects, from residential homes to townhouses.

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