Considering the landscape an integral part of an overall architectural solution, we identify regional context and a sense of place as the primary objectives. To us, unity, harmony and human experience are the driving force.
Which architects best prioritize the human experience in their work? How are people responding?
Thaisa gave the final word
When asked this question I am reminded of the incredible experience of being in ryue nishizawa’s teshima art museum. this space was entirely about the physical experience, the aesthetic. Colleagues fell to the ground to inch along to follow the droplets of water, while others explored the edges and played with the way sound traveled. The light coming through the absence in the roof created a magic that one could sense as fragrance. It was truly a remarkable human experience.
On a less dramatic note, I find the work of SAANA to be about human experience- it is about a human scale and a sense of place. The ferry terminal at naoshima engaged me and my colleagues in ways surprising for a transporation hub- the mirrored pillars and the framed views of the sea. The lightness with which the roof floated inspired all of us to walk lightly. It is such responses that inspire me.
On a totally different scale, I think of the work of Greene and Greene in Pasadena California- the blacker house where one is nestled in the architecture and its craft. Another place where everyone I see wants to rub the walls and handrails with their bare hands, and to walk barefoot. The ceiling nestle one instead of mere shelter.
And finally the work of Miller Hull here in the PNW. I have only been in their public spaces, but these spaces nestle, comfort,and inspire. They offer a human experience and aesthetic that is felt through the body- a sense of scale, material, light, shade, and color. The experience starts with seeing the building from the street and pulls one through to the center and outward. It is a remarkable feeling to deeply know that the place is meant as a human experience, not merely to function as a space or otherwise.
Wednesday, March 7 at 8:27pm
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