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Pressed

February 13, 2010
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Individuals are constantly pressed up against the architectural spaces they inhabit.  (That initial momentary sensory experience from around every corner.)  Consciously or subconsciously the individual experiences forces, (good or bad forces), often times bad.  As designers of 3 dimensional spaces / shapers of societies it is imperative that we are aware of this “pressed” moment.  I believe understanding this “pressed” moment can truly allow an architect to design good to great architecture.

So what are some design strategies that help create great architecture and demonstrate an understanding of the “pressed” moment?

I believe designer need to primarily focusing on the complexities and contradictions in architecture, being responsive to firmness, commodity and delight, and overcoming constraints through the design process. Also, One must employ the marriage of form and function.  That’s right; form no longer needs to take a back seat to function because with today’s technologies form and function can be one.

Moreover, telling a story with our architecture, creating a journey for the users, by layering spaces both horizontally and vertically while always capturing views.   Below is a modern design solution, in my mind, designed with a clear understanding of the “pressed” moment in architecture.  The designer, Shuhei Endo,overcame ridiculous constraints and created a visual journey via the architecture.

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Rooftecture S: Shuhei Endo Architect

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  1. March 2, 2010 14:48

    This is wonderfully absurd, although as I get older I’m not sure if I could deal with that much pressure even if I was out of home most of the time. The views seem to make up for it, but I wonder about the noise from the train. How many square feet is that?

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