An Architecture of the Seven Senses. By. Juhani Pallasmaa. Page 2. ISSUES ADDRESSED. Modern architecture losing sensuality that has embodied in the past. Juhani Pallasmaa in his article “An Architecture of the Seven Senses” he writes that we should view architecture not only with our eyes but also. I have experienced the architecture of Juhani Pallasmaa, from his wonderful entitled An Architecture of the Seven Senses’, published in Architecture +.

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As with the WGBH mural, this is architecture to look at, preferably from a car. Images of Muscle and Bone Primitive man used his body as the dimensioning and proportioning system of his construction.

The experience of the hearing sense in architecture in theory is linked to time, silence and solitude. Newer Post Older Post Home. In the present of lives, the sense of vision had actually meant everything to an architect and also everyone else.

The other senses are underappreciated in architecture. Sense of visual Sense of visual is the ability to see by a pair of juhhani. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Pallasmaa writes about how certain colours, textures, and details can be sensed orally. An most unfortunate reason of concentrating on the visual, without the others senses is due to the side effect of media.

For example, the echoes in an empty space in comparison with the softer sounds in a space with many objects. The Shape of Touch Touching is an ability by the contact of our skin. Like Isadora Apllasmaa, maybe, twirling in her sweeping robes. The patina of wear adds the enriching experience of time; matter exists in the continuum of time. We relate to the structures and objects around us through sound. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

The nose makes the eyes remember.


Email required Address never made public. When it comes to the sense of smellone of the strongest senses we have, for it is directly linked to our memory, xrchitecture are able to recall a place from a particular smell.


The tactile sense connects us with time and tradition. Every building or space has its characteristic sound of intimacy or monumentality, rejection or invitation, hospitality or hostility.

A person is able to feel the texture, weight, density and temperature of surfaces with a gentle stroke. Due to the side effect of the media, that lead architect to concentrate more on the visual, because they know more and more their clients understand their designs through media representation of them, rather than visiting them. How silence is imaginary sound: Hearing Sounds reflect in a space, and that way it gives us an impression of its form and material.

This will lead the client to use his ability of senses of hearing, jkhani, and also touch. Finally, architecture can also engage our sense of taste. Imagine the same space with carpet and acoustically softened… a spatial and experiential dimension of the architecture is lost. I would like to add in a situation, how an architect should build a house to a client, if the client is blind.

Our skin also traces the density and texture of the ground through our soles. Movement, balance, distance and scale are felt by architects unconsciously within their skeleton, muscular system and inner organs.

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Bodily identification in architecture is about the self-consciousness and awareness of a person within a space which consequently affects how we experience a building Pasqualini, Llobera, and Blanke, Even though we may have forgotten many specific details of our past, sometimes a scent forces us to recall memories in great detail. In very old buildings, we can imagine the activities that took place in that space in centuries past.

Is architecture turning into a purely visual sport? We could pay more attention to the other senses, as the combined perception of all the senses gives us our total experience of a space. You are commenting using your Facebook account. And this also leads to a consequence, where more and more designs are discussed through the media and simply understand by the presentation without going to the site and analyse it.


I have made the observation that architecture can be subtle enough to even evoke a sensation of taste. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Sensory Design: An Architecture of the Seven Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa

This site uses cookies. Sense or hearing creates a sense of connection and solidarity. By jus applying the sense of visual had become a threat to nowadays architects. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Newer Post Older Post Home.

How materials tell us not only about place but also time: Pallasmaa discusses how architecture should engage all of our senses and believes that modern architecture is losing some of the sensuality that architecture has embodied in the past. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Skip to content February 24, nowandzensite.

In Egyptian temples we encounter the silence of the pharaohs, in the silence of a Gothic cathedral we are reminded of the last dying note of a Gregorian chant, and the echo of Roman footsteps has just faded on the walls of the Pantheon.

When it comes to hearingPallasmaa suggests the idea that tranquility is the key experience of architecture. With a quick gaze upon the surface a human can instantly identify the tactility of a surface, therefore the sense of sight and touch are very closely related Pallasmaa, J. The house was oriented by a series of rooms containing scented plants, containing water and things that would make differences noise.

You are commenting using your WordPress. So if you get to discuss the building before its completion, then you is first involves to speak.