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A Retreat Centre for

A Retreat Centre for 'Wfwk Hudth Fig. 5 Stifling architecture We spend most of our time in and around architecture, therefore it must affect us consciously and subconsciously. Architecture is an interrelated part of our total surroundings, not only affecting us through sight but through all our senses. Phenomenologists, like Merleau-Ponty, believe direct awareness or intuition form the basis of truth. 1? We are inherently connected to and a part of our built world. We don't just look at buildings, we live in and around them. We feel architecture, not just physically, but emotionally and psychologically. Most people seldom think of the effects architecture has on us. Architecture can be stifling.(Fig 5) It can overpower or be gloomy; it can be cold and oppressive or unwelcoming and harsh. Architecture can directly affects mood. Fig.6 Albert Speer's main grandstands on the Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg When mood is affected, perception changes. One just has to look at Albert Speer's Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg in its megalomaniacal scale.(Fig.6) Visual mood is comprised of colour, texture, scale, and the quality of relationships between things and space. To affect mood, all the senses must be manipulated. Mood is closely related to atmosphere, that is the interweaving of space, shape, light, smell and colour. We often describe a place by the quality of its atmosphere. A loud restaurant with bright lights has a different atmosphere than a quiet, dark one. Atmosphere, and conversely mood, can be understood and created. A certain light quality or a texture does not overtly convey a specific mood, but instead it contains significance unique to its own nature. It is the combination and totality of all the environmental factors that create mood. Architecture must form a 17

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