Friday, September 3, 2010

Sensory Captivation.

Senses are a fundamental element to our experience of the built environment. The overwhelming reliance on vision in modern society is resulting in huge decreases in touch capabilities, perception of the body, limb position and hand agility.

“Instead of experiencing our being in the world, we behold it from the outside as spectators of images projected on the surface of the retina” (Pallasmaa, J. 2005)

Nonetheless, a recent interest in the role of senses in society has heightened the significance of touch in spaces in the hope to dominate over the reliance of visual perception. Through the design of a sensory captivating space the elements of the visual have been disregarded and a principal focus on the senses of taste and smell, sound and touch has been adopted...

Touch is explored throughout the space to evoke a confident and expressive nature from the occupants. The space portrays a gradient of senses and therefore a progression of confidence. It is assumed that not many individuals feel automatically comfortable within an unfamiliar space. Thus coinciding with the interior and the gradient of tactile elements, the level of confidence gradually heightens as one moves through the space.

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