Re: [ARCH21] 2nd draft: adjetives for abstract spaces
- Hi Leticia and thanks for posting your narrative to be shared by all.
Please see my responses below, incorporated into your narrative:
>>> lecasciana@... 02/27/09 9:08 PM >>>Place 1 qualities from the outside: monumental, large urban scale, dark, alienating, cold, ambiguous views, more chaotic than ordered, synthetic and geometric in nature; inside, it is welcoming, organic, warm, bright, ephemeral, dynamic, a large place consisting of many smaller places, Places 3, 4. 5, etc., linked by a network of pathways, horizontal and vertical; of the many smaller scaled places within, there is one particular place, Place 2, that is the most significant and its existence is not immediately apparent
A concept is emerging: The outside and inside have two very contrasting sets of qualities. Pathways within have diverse qualities resonating with the qualities of each interior place within Place 1.
I'm overwhelmed by its monumentality casting shadows over everything
around it. From afar the view is distorted by the harsh reflection of
the city buildings on its endless polished glasses. But as I approach
it becomes more welcoming with its organic body and tepid wood
niceties. I feel invited to come in. Crossing the threshold I am
surprisingly embraced by warm sun light that infiltrates through the
dome of glass. It's so bright inside that I keep my sunglasses on… I
sense the light on my skin, and appreciate the ephemera patterns it
lends to the floor around me … I feel the busy and noisy immensity of
this space. But my curiosity keeps me moving. I can go on many
directions from here. Should I explore the upstairs or follow the
sheltered path and see where it takes me?
Place 2 qualities: enclosing, bright (as opposed to the surrounding darkness), intimate in scale, quiet, secure. Because you did not enter, is it not welcoming and perhaps dangerous? Aside from its brightness, still ambience, and shape of space, how is Place 2 similar and/or different to Place 1?
No, from where I'm standing
I see another encircling area. It's as bright as the first one but,
in its much smaller scale, it feels a little solitary.
hectic city seems muted. I walk back across the now familiar domed
structure towards the shady pathway.
Why are the sounds of the city muted?
Place 3 qualities: Is this the "Momma Bear" of places, "smaller than the first but larger than the second"? Unlike Goldilocks who finally settles into Baby Bear's bed, you choose Place 3, a place where inside and outside are one and there is a strong relationship between this place and a garden. Also apparent from within Place 3 are views of other beckoning pathways, one of which (the "massive and cold white stairway") wins out.
It leads me to another round
room, smaller than the first but larger than the second, that seems
just perfectly sized. Although I'm still surrounded by glass, there
is a structure above this dome that keeps it partially shaded from
direct sunlight. I feel fresh and invigorated here. I look through
its windows to the immense and bursting garden outside and I am taken
by profound inner peace! I hesitate to leave, but my nosiness gets
the best of me and I head back to the sun-lit-now-familiar main area
and forget about inner peace. A massive and cold white stairway takes
me to the second level.
Place 4 and 5: Intermediate pauses along the Great Stairway that give you diverse views of below
I do stop a couple of times as I climb the
steps to look around, take in the view and regain my breath.
Place 6: highest among places encountered, outside and above Place 1, but not visible from below and from outside on terra firma; horizontality dominates.
higher than that of my comfort zone... this is my final destination
and I now realize why I was attracted to this building in the first
place... A substantial overhang protects me from the sun light - such
a divergence from the domed area downstairs! There are no walls
here, it's very horidegrees view of the loud city on one side, the see-through
building underneath me, and the beautiful and invigorating garden on
the other side. I experience this weird and wonderful feeling of
being bigger than everybody else! I turn my back to the city and seat
by the rough edge of the cool building breathing deep the scented air
that comes from the unbroken garden. I hear distant water running and
somehow the garden sounds and smells overcome the city's…
Live another day...I'm anxious to find out what happens next, have some inconsistencies resolved, and find out more of the other places to which you alluded, but did not describe! I'm also curious to find out how you will retain monumental qualities within a relatively small area.
See you and your new iteration soon!