The Interior Experience of Architecture: An Emotional Connection between Space and the Body
- An interactive connection between the body and various elements of interior space improves the interior experience, providing a personal connection to culture and emotion.
- Sensory effects that enhance the emotional connection with the interior space can potentially enrich the spatial experience and improve its quality to greater effect than functional or form-oriented factors.
- The meaning and essential aspects of interior space;
- The meaning of the body and experience in architectural space;
- Case studies, through analyzing the selected architectural space; and
- Various effective ways of improving the qualities of interior experience and its emotional connection, which I then go on to discuss.
2. Interior Experience as the Origin of Architecture
2.1. Interior Space
2.2. The Body and Experience
3. Multi-Sensory Experience and Emotional Connection: A Review
3.1. Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, Peter Zumthor
3.2. Serpentine Pavilion, Peter Zumthor
3.3. Sensing Space, Kengo Kuma (2014)
3.4. GC Prostho Museum Research Center, Kengo Kuma (2010)
4. Analysis and Discussion
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Conflicts of Interest
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|Environmental Stimuli||Morphological Factor|
(Form and pattern)
|volume, scale, rhythm, order, proportion, contrast|
|texture, light, shadow, color, temperature, sound, smell|
|Influential Factor||cultural symbolism, local/social issue|
Bruder Klaus Chapel
GC Prostho Museum
|Location||Mechernich, Germany||Hyde Park, UK||Royal Academy, UK||Aichi, Japan|
|Materiality||Light, water, concrete, woods, and fire.||Plants, flowers, black wall, light||Aromas, wood strips||Light, shadow, woods, glass|
|Spatial Experience||To emphasize material experience, particularly smell and tactility, through multi-sensory space for spiritual experience.|
To use native materials for a strong connection to a particular place in Germany.
|To emphasize visitors’ sensory experiences and provide space for meditation.|
To provide various emotional experiences through the interaction of gardens, light, and darkness.
|To provide a culturally specific spatial experience, providing a socially shared smell of a Japanese home.|
To emphasize materiality and senses rather than architectural form.
|To provide a sense of space with formlessness, providing a cultural idea of a lattice structure.|
To use light and shadow for various spatial experiences in changing spatial atmospheres.
|Various aspects, such as the physical and sensory body, materiality, and emotional connection, were combined |
to improve the quality of the interior experience.
|Morphological Factor||Sensual Factor||Influential Factor||The Body|
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Lee, K. The Interior Experience of Architecture: An Emotional Connection between Space and the Body. Buildings 2022, 12, 326. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12030326
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