Open Plan design
is the generic term used in architectural and interior design for any floor plan which makes use of large, open spaces and minimizes the use of smaller spaces in commercial and residential environments. The term can also refer to landscaping of housing estates, business parks, etc., in which there are no defined property boundaries, such as hedges, fences or walls.
In home design, open plan describes the elimination of barriers such as walls and doors that traditionally separated distinct functional areas, and allow more free flow; such as kitchen, living room, and dining room.
In the late 19th century, small public rooms of the home with specific functions began to be replaced by larger rooms that would fulfill multiple uses; with the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms still being enclosed private spaces. Larger rooms were made possible by advances in centralized heating that allowed larger spaces to be kept at comfortable temperatures.
Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the early advocates for open plan design in houses, designs were based on a centralised kitchen which opened to other public spaces of the home.
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