Atmosphere is an experience that is more complex than physical architecture alone, as there can be no perception without the body, without being physically present in a place. There is something about a quality of architecture that is able to affect us at first glance, which is able to stir our emotions, that exists only in sensuality. Atmosphere is perceived through emotional faculties, which respond much more quickly than their rational counterpart. An atmosphere that is coherently able to stir emotions is composed of many sensory inputs such as light, sound, temperature and odor and especially the sense of touch. It lends itself to create an ephemeral architecture which promotes a curiosity of spatial boundaries that are not necessarily tangible.
Exploring an architecture that is defined by touch, which is sub categorized into pressure, traction, vibration, temperature and texture becomes not only a built shape or form but a performative atmosphere that becomes an immersive environment. The architecture begins to entice the inhabitant to move from one space to another seamlessly, to arouse a sense of freedom of movement. This dichotomy between the atmosphere and architecture will be featured in Milan’s 2015 World Expo where programmatically it will take form as a bath. Bridging the gap between architecture and atmosphere, water will be utilized in various forms; providing countless ways one can be ‘immersed’ in a space, being both tangible and intangible at the same time. Utilizing natural modes of water filtration the landscape on which the pavilion is located begins to give way to a sensory architecture, which will envelope the senses.
Status: School Project
Location: Milan World Expo 2015