Walking into a space always proves to be an arousal for everybody. It either stimulates emotions of marvel or it generates a feeling of anxiety and panic.
A space always speaks for itself, its character as well as its purpose. A space, all by itself, gives the user the right terminologies based on which the user defines it. People perceive and judge it on how user friendly and how comprehensive it is. Their judgement is based on the feeling they generate after they are made to interact with a particular space.People starting judging a space as soon as they arrive at it.
The first thing we begin with is the façade, the parking and the surroundings of a space or a building. As we stand in front of the building, our eye level generally covers 30 to 40 percent of the area as the ground area and the rest is the area between the ground level and the top of the building. A poor parking of the building or surrounding makes the façade look dull. Human beings have a few defined standards set and if a space meets them, the space appears to be good to them. After entering into a hotel, we expect to encounter a reception and a waiting area; likewise, after entering a hospital we expect to come across an emergency and perhaps not always a reception cabin. If these set of standards are not met, the space does not appeal to the user.
The color scheme, the lighting and even the shape of the building generates different emotions and feelings. The green areas and the landscaping in a building enhance the way a person feels about a space. A space which is well lit, properly ventilated and has soothing colors in its elements appears to have more circulation area and gives a sense of calmness to its user while on the other hand a space which is dark colored, is poorly lit and is dingy appears suffocating and the user does not wish to stay in it for longer hours.It is not just the built up and the lighting of building which affects the user’s psychology but also the placement of furniture in it.
A park having rectangular benches will always be more appreciated as compared to a park with circular benches. However, an office space with circular table might be appreciated better. This is due to the fact that in an office space, people interact with each other and the space in a different manner as compared to a park.
Common people perceive a space based on its aesthetics and the feeling it generates.When we interact with a space, the tiny details and elements play a major role in defining it. A space with a lot of brick work, although placed in a modern fashion, does takes us to our basics and traditions , for instance we enjoy being in a market place with exposed brick masonry and handicrafts. It is the small elements that common people generally fail to acknowledge and are subdued by the feeling these elements generate.Being an architect changes ones approach to a particular space. Common people feel a particular space whereas we critically analyze the it.
We dig deep in trying to find reasons for the placement of every little thing in the place it stands at. Our minds always run in a direction where we always tend to find out the negatives of place first and that is when we brainstorm and try to reason for every things existence. When common people just move through a space, we scan a space for its details, beginning with the aesthetics we move to the arrangement of the furniture, to the material used in a space and then to the minute elements like a painting behind the reception desk or sculpture near the entry gate or even a chandelier put on the ceiling.
We always try to do calculations and find out which elements could be added or subtracted into the same space to make it feel better and also how the design could be more economical. We try to find out the reason behind the fact that a space feels great rather than just feeling its greatness. Even the tiniest element of the building comes to our notice and immediately we start thinking about the ideology of this. It is not just that our observation power has increased now but also we tend to put in our design what we learn. Architecture gives one the privilege to deeply understand both the feeling and the purpose of a space.