Content tagged: stimulating emotional response
This pavilion for the EXPO in Shanghai 2010, creates two specifically separated conditions: on the one side an atmospherically immersive space that enables the visitor to experience Austria on an emotional, nonverbal level, on the other a more didactic exhibition about the country’s economy. The pavilion’s main concepts of seamlessness, both spatially and materially, and curvilinearity produce an intense spatial experience for that evoke associations of bodies and skin with almost erotic connotations. Span Architecture and Design are based in Vienna, Austria. Photography: Maria Ziegelboeck
These architectural interventions into the existing spaces of a school in Berlin aim to provide experientially engaging spaces. Assuming that sensory experience is crucial to stimulate emotional identification and positive behavioural responses, the spaces were developed through a collaborative design approach involving users, client and architect. The children’s fantastical worlds triggered new environments such as the ‘Kaleidoscope Gallery’: a gallery of mirrors optically dissolving the geometrical space of the hallway or ‘Fire Wings’, horizontal and sloped surfaces on which the children can lie down, sit or slide. The interventions activated communication, encouraged pupils to overcome language barriers and became a social catalyst in a socially disadvantaged neighbourhood.
Susanne Hofmann is funder of Baupiloten, an experimental architectural studio bridging education, practice and research. Photography: Jan Bitter.
According to Benjamin, of the two possible ways to appropriate architecture, the appropriation through use and habit prevails over visual contemplation . . . while contemporary cognitive research increasingly seems to imply that although a large part of our interaction with the environment may be going on unconsciously, it will still affect our behaviour.