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Form follows function but it’s a sensation that lasts forever
We can describe ourselves as affable, outdoorsy; full of hiking, but how much our lives are spent inside is surprising. From alarm clocks ringing in the morning until the last blink in the evening, an adult, despite engaging with job, spends much of their time indoors and atmosphere, decoration, designs, acoustics, graphics actually play a major part in the person’s psychology. So, have you ever imagined what truly forms our personality?
Human and space connection
A famous quote by Winston Churchill goes “We’re shaping our houses and then our houses shape us.” For many years, a relatively recent research field, notably “architectural psychology,” has been dealing efficiently with such issues. The goal of this academic discipline is to investigate the effects of architecture on people, their emotions and behaviour, and formulate suggestions for structure planning and design.
Imagine how much more would your design influence the customer if you understand what they want? What are the colours that captivate them or the components that capture them most around them? Individual differences are expected to occur in order to fulfil the emotional wishes of all. Therefore, architecture and psychology have a tangible connection.
What emotion is your architecture design evoking?
I always designed spaces thinking about the experiences of life in it. My Architecture design jury went like describing teachers about my design that here the kids can play games every night after dinner and why that place is good for creating a bed room because it gives a feeling of being in a safe haven. My designs always had a story telling because I felt as an architect I am creating a space that is going to hold in million stories within. I rather make a space that ensures the stories are good ones. As architects we can have great impact on human psychology. Form follows function but what lasts forever is an emotion that place evokes which can be a lasting one.
Last night my sister and I were discussing about how our childhood home still creeps us and we felt chills every night, now that I am grown up I know what impacted that fear. Our peripheral courtyard was much larger than our home and our periphery wall was too low, felt like any one could barge in. The orchard had no light and it gave us creeps looking at it from our bedroom windows. Now that we are living in Mumbai from past 15 years we are used to living in compact apartments in Mumbai. It gives us a sense of safety and living in a society feels like a community. However we are more than happy when we get to see a larger than life view from our sky scraping windows.
Form follows function, function follows feeling!
The attraction to the beauty of the things is part of human nature, even though at the time they are not precisely the correct decision. The very same concept seamlessly ties into the architecture. You can go through a shop and buy every possible amazing piece you see, but if you bring them all in a space with no sofa or table, or any other significant or essential item, they become a nuisance and usually do nothing. So, keeping a person’s psychological needs with regard to a neighborhood in mind while designing a room is of utmost significance. If an individual inside is stifled by heat from a poorly positioned window or unable to arrange furnishings nicely inside, the enchanting designs will go in vain.
For an architect to demonstrate his skills, it is vital to maintain in view the client’s feeling and expectations as well as the intention of building a specific room.
Here are 5 techniques to consider while designing space considering form follows function follows feeling:
- When you design, let yourself loose and pour down your thoughts, it is your moment of freedom.
- Understand role of zoning activities and spaces.
- Choose one single concept from the beginning and don’t change it till completion.
- Use material and finishes, colours corresponding with the feelings your space needs
- Understand the psychology of people in the space and then design a space that affects that psychology positively. For instance, an old age home ought to be relaxing and calm where seniors can feel right at home, so the architect operates on the design system by incorporating smooth colours with a cooling impact, smooth furnishings and a patient-friendly function.
- When multiple people design a project, don’t lose the soul of the project. Make everyone understand the vision.
Through her perspective on fashion and architecture, Swati Sharma, an Architect herself forges her equal inclination towards design. She went on to digital advertising and curates personalized content for brand promotions during her studies in Architecture. She says, “Architecture study offers me a better knowledge of all creative elements of sustainable design and building.
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Story: Swati Sharma
Editor and Co-writer: Elijah
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