Architect, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer, Land Use Planner, Environmental Observer

Monday, June 29, 2009

Spatial Composition - part 2

The "Gate" -

Two columns placed in space creates a "gate". The two points of the columns imply a line. Given that, two domains are suggested - one side or the other. Now, the viewer can both be in one of two realms and can also approach the gate in a perpendicular or non-perpendicular manner.

There is a ratio that determines whether or not the gate is read as one unit or merely two elements. The further apart that the columns are placed, the more likely they will not form the mental image of "gate". This is related to the height of a person and the height of the columns. This is the beginning of creating spaces and announcing a directional approach.

the Golden Gate...

how do you know if you are
in the bay or the ocean?

how do you sail through -
at an acute angle or
at ninety degrees to the bridge?

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