Contented Architecture - In Search of Delight for All Senses
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Can we create an architecture that is to be savored and experienced as beautiful and meaningful over and over again? Yes! I call it contented Architecture. This Architecture is not just about a space, but the art of space. Art is the application or exhibition of skills, aesthetic principles, and creative imagination in the production of the beautiful and the meaningful. Art will appeal to different senses. There is the art of cooking with the wonderful tastes and smells. There is the art of music pleasing to ears and spirit, and the art of painting, so inspiring to look at. Imagine living in an artistic space that pleases all the senses! A space with all these virtues becomes The Space, unique, remembered and desired. It is very difficult to clearly determine how people feel about space. It is not something you calculate easily, as you do with numbers. Even the most precise description, listing all visible features, will not give an inkling of what we feel is the essence of the space. Architecture provides not only new ways of considering form, but of linking form to physical content, expanding the possibilities of Architecture as multi sensory Architecture that engages all the senses, such as sight, sound, touch, smell and taste, etc. The human need for sensory engagement is shown by the curiosity of young children, which overwhelms any sense of fear. As we age, our sensory needs remain, but our experience based caution keeps us from touching the fire. Out senses are deeply intertwined. Each sense contributes to the fuller comprehension of other sensory information. In the design process, Architects continuously seek the line that is more pleasing, the just-right palette, and the most perfect overall impact or contribution of the building to its environment. While still on paper, architects must travel through the space in their mind's eye, imagining reality fulfilling the desires of all senses. Architects are constantly seeking opportunities to establish the sense of love between space and its users. At the end of the day we hope to have discovered and orchestrated the dimensions that engage all senses -- in a way that pleases, lingers, and ultimately leaves us satisfied. This is truly contented Architecture!
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