Dramatizing a haven

In the post 5 Basic Human Concerns in Architecture we briefly discussed 5 architectural concerns. In this post we’ll describe one of the most fundamental of human concerns – Dramatizing a haven – with some examples.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven: Dramatize the sense of safety by the nearness of discomfort and even danger.

Also in our homes we enjoy this aspect of thrill, although of course less extreme, like being tucked save in bed with the rain pounding on the roof, or gathering around a fire with a storm raging outside. In each case the sense of security is dramatized by the nearness of discomfort and even danger. The value of the shelter is intensified by giving evidence of what it protects against.

“They intensify the value of the refuge by giving evidence of what it protects against; the haven becomes more dramatically a haven. “

– HILDEBRAND, G. (1999) Origins of architectural pleasure (1)




Do you have any good examples of Dramatizing a Haven?

We’re always interested in other examples of dramatized havens. If you have a good example, please let us know! You can comment about it below or send us an email with pictures and explanation at:

  • experiencingarchitecture [at] gmail.com.


References

  1. HILDEBRAND, G. (1999) Origins of Architectural Pleasure (p. 69)

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