Our relationship with space is reciprocal. When we enter a building, we don’t simply face a set of walls, we engage in a connection between us both. We are emotionally affected by the spaces that surround us, we understand them, usually without particularly knowing the meaning of their form. In architecture, we have come to know this process as “atmosphere”, which connects the world of matter with the human soul.
In the art world, the semiotic role of atmosphere has always been a given. Brancusi’s shapes, Rothko’s colours, Pollock’s rhythms: They take us to a personal universe and a set of ideas based on associations we make through memory and imagination. If this is the case, could we take desired perceptions as a basis for our design? Can we design a set of ideas, rather than forms?