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Architectural Design That Pulls Occupants Through A Journey

By

Maria Lorena Lehman

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Founder — Sensing Architecture ® Academy

Introduction

Architectural features that are designed into your built forms can flow from one to the next — thus creating a journey for your building occupants. From beginning to end, your occupants travel through your building and this experience can be marked by memorable and sensorial experience. Don’t rely on signage to guide your occupants, instead use architectural features to prompt them, to inspire them, and to show them meaning as they travel through your built space. Design an architecture that pulls its occupants through a meaningful journey.

 

Transcript

00:01 Maria Lorena Lehman: I’m Maria Lorena Lehman with Sensing Architecture and the MLL Design Lab. And in today’s micro-lecture, I’m going to talk about what it means to design architecture that pulls your occupant along through an experiential architectural journey. You see, when you’re designing architecture, it’s important not to make your architectural features and moments exist as standalone entities that don’t talk with one another. Instead, it might be best for your architecture to have architectural moments that flow. So that they pull your occupant along an experiential, architectural journey. In today’s micro-lecture, you’ll learn more about how to do this effectively within your architectural design work.

00:56 MLL: So did you know that architecture can pull its occupants? So as an architect, you want to be considering what architectural moments align and add up within your architecture to yield occupant experience. You see, as your occupants travel through your building, they’re actually pulled along by the architectural moment and features which you present. So for instance, if they’re turning a corner, you might present an architectural feature that shows itself just before the turn to pull them and let them know that they’ll be turning right along their journey. Similarly, you might have motion within your architecture… A motion feature, like a flashing light or nature that moves with the wind like water or trees. And people are pulled toward motion as well, they’re attracted to motion visually. So this can also pull them along. So as you’re designing, be thinking about what features draw occupants through your space. So what journey will you take your occupants on?

02:11 MLL: If you’d like to learn more, I invite you to join my Design Insight Newsletter, and you will also get my book, “Bringing Architecture to the Next Level” for free. Discover how you can shift your mindset to reach breakthrough ideas, meet and predict occupant need using sensory design, leverage your design process so you can get more with less, and rethink new technologies to unleash your innovative edge. To join now and access your book, simply visit SensingArchitecture.com.

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Maria: I came across your website through a reference in today's Architect Weekly ezine and am delighted I did. I'll bookmark your site and check back often. I read the first article and then the second and thirty minutes later realized how much time had passed. I've been practicing for thirty years and have always missed the stimulation of academia. I find each of your brief dissertations sort of like a day in design studio. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ron Ward
AI Group Design
I am excited to see you touch a vein of values in architecture, I have been chasing myself for years. Your depth of involvement in these very deep subjects is really beautiful and passionately dealt with and well written. Sound, color and value, shape, texture, scale, smell.... all definitive measures of the spaces we should be alert to. [...] I will savor the rest of your investigation of sensuality in architecture. I'm Glad I found you.

Dennis McLaughlin
McLaughlin Architect
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Maria Lorena Lehman is a visionary author, designer, and educator from the United States. Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Master in Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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