We perceive architecture through our senses. There are constant atmospheric interactions in space, between lighting intensity and thermal comfort, sound and maybe the perceived level of safety, and so on. Interactions between different senses determine the effect architectural spaces have on our emotional and mental well-being.
The perception of architecture works on different levels. Its view, the larger picture, and the preconceived image in our mind, all merge when we reflect while occupying a space. As they merge, distinct perceptions are created by different individuals experiencing the space in their own way. Similarly, when larger spaces are entered, their form and proportions may overwhelm our image of the space, but the smaller-scale elements are the ones that engage our senses. The small details are capable of creating an exhilarating architectural space.
Can architecture’s power to exhilarate be explored through a multisensory approach?
Architecture is primarily designed to cater to our visual senses. Spaces designed in the modern age are deprived of a sensory experience as a result of a technologized world. Not to undermine the value of image view, vision is a stimulus that starts acting at certain distances, so it is a bit detached from our body. To connect to space intimately, the other senses must be provoked.
Architecture and art are intensely connected since both convey a complex set of ideas that a viewer receives. Like architecture, art is multi-layered and tactile in nature. All art evokes sensory stimulation that may trigger cognition, nostalgia, or a range of emotions.
In a similar sense, architecture involves designing a space that evokes perception through a multisensory approach. While each sense has its own stimulus, the interaction among them also produces a variable response to a spatial design. So, this common thread between art and architecture can be reinforced with the engagement of multiple senses in design.
Purpose: The center will be a landmark of a new approach to learning arts. The design must be inspired by local art, architecture, and culture.
Multi-functional: The center will accommodate various functions like learning, exhibition, and live events which will require flexible spaces for large crowds.
Balance: Privacy and interaction must be guided in the layout as per the nature of the activity. The balance between aesthetics and functionality, as well as open, semi-open, and closed learning spaces.
Harmony: The design must establish some harmony or connection with the surroundings while having outstanding features.
Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic, and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.
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