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Qualities of Architectural Space

ARCH 413 | Theory of Architectural Design II


Slideshow developed by: Arch. Edeliza V. Macalandag, UAP Bohol Island State University | College of Architecture & Engineering
Text from Ching, Francis D.K. Architecture: Form, Space and Order

Man imagines in the first place the space which surrounds him and not the physical objects... All static or mechanical dispositions, as well as the materialization of the spatial envelope, are only means for realizing an idea which is vaguely felt or clearly imagined in architectural creation

Architecture is art when the design of space clearly takes precedence over the design of the object. Spatial intention is the living soul of architectural creation.
August Schmarsow

Qualities of Architectural Space


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. PROPORTION SCALE DEFINITION DEGREE OF ENCLOSURE LIGHT VIEW

The qualities of architectural space are much richer than what diagrams are able to portray. The spatial qualities of form, proportion, scale, texture, light and sound ultimately depend on the properties of the enclosure of a space. Our perception of these qualities is often a response to the combined effects of the properties encountered and is conditioned by culture, prior experiences, and personal interest or inclination.

Qualities of Architectural Space

Properties of Enclosure SHAPE SURFACE EDGES

Qualities of Space Form Color Texture

Pattern
Sound DIMENSIONS CONFIGURATION OPENINGS Proportion Scale Definition Degree of Enclosure View or outlook Light

Qualities of Architectural Space

Qualities of Architectural Space

Qualities of Architectural Space

Wafra Living Complex, Kuwait, AGI Architects

Term Project

TABLE OF SPATIAL QUALITIES Proportion Form Color


Wall Floor Ceiling Wall

Texture
Floor Ceiling

RM 1

RM2

RM3

Qualities of Architectural Space

TABLE OF SPATIAL QUALITIES Enclosure Light (Volume Ratio) View

RM 1

RM2

Qualities of Architectural Space

ACCESSIBILITY ANALYSIS Furniture Density Circulation Area

Floor Area (m2)


RM 1 Furn. Density (m2) Free Space (m2)

RM2

Qualities of Architectural Space