Atmosphere Architecture

What is "atmosphere" in architecture?

An atmosphere in architecture is the overall experience of an environment as a whole. 

In its definition, the experience is often a result of tangible and non-tangible aspects combined as a whole. 

It is an experience in gestalt rather than the sum of all the elements in a space, which includes the air, light, material, texture, temperature, people, and all other objects that usually a conventional approach of architecture do not consider. 

It has a significant impact on the emotional aspect of the user who experiences space with good atmospheric quality, which then affects his sense of being in space on the philosophical level. 

Peter Zumthor’s work has been a great example of atmospheric architecture. He also wrote a book called “Atmosphere”. 

To apply the principle in your design, focus on the followings:- 

* definition of space more than a mere object: people, things that can be felt, feeling and thinking that cannot be touch as opposed to a room with four physical walls 

* the relation between objects as opposed to individual objects 

* tactile experience: the feeling when touching a doorknob other than of the mere look of it 

* definition of an environment as a whole rather than the sum of its parts: temperature, physical thing, visual element, sense of touch altogether 

* explore on feelings towards space