When it comes to the sense of smell, one of the strongest senses we have, for it is directly linked to our memory, humans are able to recall a place from a particular smell. A person is able to feel the texture, weight, density and temperature of surfaces with a gentle stroke. With a quick gaze upon the surface a human can instantly identify the tactility of a surface, therefore the sense of sight and touch are very closely related Pallasmaa, J. When it comes to hearing, Pallasmaa suggests the idea that tranquility is the key experience of architecture.
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Monday, July 19, An Architecture of the Seven Senses When we talk about senses, usually we will just think about the common five senses, which are, vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
But when it come to Juhani Uolevi Pallasmaa, a Finnish architect and former professor of architecture. He conclude architecture with seven senses, which is the usually five and the additional of muscle and skeleton. In the present of lives, the sense of vision had actually meant everything to an architect and also everyone else. There are reason why architect nowadays lack of applying all the senses into their design and work.
An most unfortunate reason of concentrating on the visual, without the others senses is due to the side effect of media.
Media in current live is too competitive that usually first magazine to publish a building often sells more. So if you get to discuss the building before its completion, then you is first involves to speak. Due to the side effect of the media, that lead architect to concentrate more on the visual, because they know more and more their clients understand their designs through media representation of them, rather than visiting them.
And this also leads to a consequence, where more and more designs are discussed through the media and simply understand by the presentation without going to the site and analyse it.
I would like to add in a situation, how an architect should build a house to a client, if the client is blind. Is impossible that the house is without the others senses other than visualization.
By an American architect, Charles Moore, he had design a house for a blind client in California. The house was oriented by a series of rooms containing scented plants, containing water and things that would make differences noise. This will lead the client to use his ability of senses of hearing, smell, and also touch.
Within every room things to touch remind him of the room where he were. This have show that the important to include all the senses in our design. Sense of visual Sense of visual is the ability to see by a pair of eyes. Usually we will see and observe a thing with our eyes before all. By jus applying the sense of visual had become a threat to nowadays architects. Acoustic Intimacy Hearing is the ability to hear through our ear. Every building or space has its characteristic sound of intimacy or monumentality, rejection or invitation, hospitality or hostility.
Sense or hearing creates a sense of connection and solidarity. However, sound also measures space and makes its scale comprehensible. The Shape of Touch Touching is an ability by the contact of our skin. Skin do reads the texture, weight, density and temperature of matter. The tactile sense connects us with time and tradition. Our skin traces spaces of temperature with unerring precision. Our skin also traces the density and texture of the ground through our soles. Taste of Architecture By Juhani Pallasmaa, "To me, it is, I have experience on a number of occasions that certain qualities of stone, for instance, certain metals, detailing of wood, can be so subtle that you feel it in your mouth.
I have made the observation that architecture can be subtle enough to even evoke a sensation of taste. Images of Muscle and Bone Primitive man used his body as the dimensioning and proportioning system of his construction. A building is not an end to itself, it frames, articulates, restructures, gives significance, relates, separates and unites, facilitates and prohibits.
They were discussing about how the professional Architects can even things up, so that our experience of the world we build around us becomes a truly multi-sensory.
ARCHITECTURE OF THE SEVEN SENSES JUHANI PALLASMAA PDF
Sensory Design: An Architecture of the Seven Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa