Y como corresponde a una verdadera belleza, renunciara a ser agradable y complaciente. No lo he reelaborado con mis palabras. Creo que no hay manera mejor de explicar las ideas que como las expresa el mismo Peter Zumthor. Tampoco expongo las conclusiones que yo he sacado. Formas que puedo entender.
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Its an even greater pleasure to read them. Atmospheres is such a book by Peter Zumthor, containing the architects lecture on architecture and its intricate relationship with atmosphere. The book, despite being brief, is brimming with passion and ideas that will make you rethink architecture and space. The first thing that struck me about this book was how easy and accessible it was. It inspires the reader, and the lucky listeners who were there, to take a look around themselves and take note of the spaces, buildings, surroundings, environment, light—everything—and how they figure into our existences.
He then begins discussing the act of existing and first impressions, connecting them with architecture and our views towards it. His thesis is compelling and thought-provoking. Another great point he makes is about the presence, or rather the absence, of sound in buildings and places.
We subconsciously associate people and places with specific sounds. He talks about functionality of hospital corridors, where people are guided towards a specific direction. More importantly, however, he discusses letting people roam around freely.
I thought it was a fascinating hypothesis, and I thought about my memories regarding old homes. The only problem I can find with the book is its format. Sections of the book feel superfluous; it could do with tighter editing. So, what can I say: I loved Atmospheres. Zumthor raises some very good points. I guess this book is aimed towards architecture students and enthusiasts, but I feel this is something everyone should read if they want some perspective on space, sound, light, memories, and everything else that makes our surroundings what they are.
It makes you realize that architecture is full of intentions and sensibilities that can come from anywhere like art or music instead of bricks and walls. Also it makes you appreciate elements like sound, levels of intimacy, light, etc
Atmósferas, Peter Zumthor