Posts Tagged ‘spatial form’

These last few posts about the nature of a central space as opposed to a central object lead to a question:  are we looking at places from a formal standpoint (the void as center, with building mass and plants as enclosing elements, for instance), or from a personal-experience standpoint?  

The answer, of course, is both; the two do intersect in places, and ideally we are able to explicate both from a personal point of view and with a solid grasp of the formal qualities of any place.  

Photos help a huge amount in some of this, though they can, in their two-dimensionality, be pressed into the service of a point to be made — that is, they’re not necessarily objective.  Using a plan photo paired with a perspectival one, as Toby does with his Salk Institute post, is a good way to triangulate a point, and really pin it down, with graphics.  Explaining how it feels to be in that iconic courtyard, and what it looks like and how it operates, connects the personal experience to that formal/functional design intent.

And then sometimes, no words, or at least very few, are necessary, as the Graces post shows so beautifully.

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