What is a space? The concept can mean many things. A space can be a building, a room, a volume, a feeling, an energy, or a memory. We build walls, ceilings, roofs, floors–but these are all only building elements. While on their own they may provide shelter, they do not create space. It is in our perception of the world around us and our individual perspectives that define space. Our job as architects is not only to provide shelter, but to observe, to perceive, and to create. We give form to space in order to demarcate our relationships with our environment, with each other, and even with our culture. Understanding the meaning of spaces and how to create them is the key to establishing our awareness of, and connection to, the physical world.
“Space is the breath of art.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
“There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.”
– Charles Baudelaire