Architect Madhura Rathod


Architectural Space is experienced as a dynamically inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way. Though space is formless it is found to be the source of all forms. The Upanishad attributes a quality of ether (Akash means sky) to space (Parikh, 2008).1


Space is endless, formless, and present everywhere at any time. It is assumed to be beyond evolution and mutation. But, the special quality of architectural space is that it can be experienced as a dynamically inseparable part of every individual as it includes the observer in an essential way. It cannot be manifested but, can be revealed (Parikh, 2008).2


Architectural space should inevitably reflect the intention of the designer and the style of the user. The exterior form and the interior spaces are responsible for reflecting the expression of the building. The architectural elements like walls, roof, and plinths etc. act as a tangible entity that actually integrates the interior spaces with the exterior form. It unites the inner world with the outer, to attribute spatial character.


Activities in architecture should be inter-connected with the help of intermediate building elements and spaces. Holistically, these spaces should act as a sequence of experiences. Though the spaces can be interwoven, they should also have their individual identity. The observer tries to perceive multiple spaces at one instance, which is technically not possible. But, the ability of the observer can help him to think imaginatively. Many times, we assume the further space by standing at a particular location. The momentary sound of the bell reminds us of a temple, the feeling of water trigger nerves in our brain to judge the intensity of temperature. Hence, the perception of architectural spaces changes with the perceiver’s position. The interaction between the space and the observer is a continuous process. Different users perceive the same space differently depending upon their preconceived ideas and thoughts. Thus, the role of the designer must be to motivate and integrate the interaction between the space and the observer.


1.and 2.- Parikh, P.(2008). Hindu Notion of Space-Making. Ahmedabad.SID Publication Cell.

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