Art and emotion in construction

by Mark

…”You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces.  That is construction.  Ingenuity is at work.  But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say:  “This is beautiful.”  That is Architecture.  Art enters in.”…. wrote, French Architect Le Corbusier in “Towards A New Architecture” (1927).

Corb, as he became known, also claimed “Architecture goes beyond utilitarian needs… the business of Architecture is to establish emotional relationships by means of raw materials.”  He was an architect with vision, a forerunner of ‘the modern movement’, rebelling against the favoured ornate styles of the time.  He saw how well designed buildings could influence emotions suggesting, …”suppose that walls rise towards heaven in such a way that I am moved.  I perceive your intentions.  Your mood has been gentle, brutal, charming or noble.  The stones you have erected tell me so.”

Steven Bayer, a Director of Architects Edmiston Jones, designs space and buildings guided by Corb’s principles, considering planning with volume; the penetration of light with views; mass with texture and surface.  As we get caught up with tedious codes and regulations dictated by an increasing array of authorities requiring the management of a plethora of specialist consultants we need to be reminded of Corb’s vision.

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