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Peter Zumthor: Thinking Architecture: feeling & reason

“The design process is based on a constant interplay of feeling [RIGHT] and reason [LEFT]. The feelings, preferences, longings and desires that emerge and demand to be given a form must be controlled by critical powers of reasoning, but is is our feelings that tell us whether abstract considerations really ring true.  To a large degree, designing is based on understanding and establishing systems of order.  Yet I believe that the essential substance of the architecture we seek proceeds from feeling and insight.  Precious moments of intuition result from patient work.  With the sudden emergence of an inner image, a new line in a drawing, the whole design changes and is newly formulated within a fraction of a second.  It is as if a powerful drug were suddenly taking effect.  Everything I knew before about the thing I am creating is flooded by a bright new light.  I experience joy and passion, and something deep inside me seems to affirm: ‘ I want to build this house!’  …  Form [RIGHT] and construction [LEFT], appearance [RIGHT] and function [LEFT] are no longer separate.  They belong together and form a whole.”

[ZUMTHOR Peter, Thinking Architecture, Birkhauser, 2006]

Ching: program & form

“Architectural form [RIGHT] occurs at the juncture between mass and space.  In executing and reading design drawings, we should be concerned with both the form off the mass containing a volume of space as well as the form of the spatial volume itself.  …  Form suggests reference to both internal structure and external outline and the principle that gives unity to the whole.  …  The architecture of space, structureand enclosure, experienced through movement in space-time.  Achieved by means of technology; accomodating a program [LEFT]; compatible with its context.”

[CHING, Francis D. K., Architecture: Form Space and Order, New York, 1979]

Le Corbusier: Ronchamps: form


[KAIROS RIGHTUP] >< [KAIROS RIGHTDOWN]? [Influence tombs-Le Corbusier suggested by Giedion S. in Space, Time and Architecture, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1978]

[KAIROS LEFTUP] >< [KAIROS LEFTDOWN]? [Influence Le Corbusier-Mansilla+Tunon also suggested by by http://www.archdaily.com]

[Interpretation of a ‘Tomb of the Giants’ in Sardinia, exterior and interior of the chapel in Ronchamps by Le Corbusier, 1955, and façade of Auditorium in Leon by Mansilla and Tunon, 2002]