Emotional architecture

I would like to introduce you to some basics of emotional architecture I am a big fan of and my way of implementing its keystones into our house design. I've been influenced specifically by the work of a mathematician and architect Christopher Alexander.


I know he's written quite an array of theoretical books on architecture including a broad four-volume publication "The nature of order". Though I haven't read any of of these yet, the two books from a different trilogy I do own and consider them being very useful editions I've learnt pretty much upside down and inside out.

A pattern language

A thick 1171 pages long "A Pattern Language" has been a great source of inspiration and at the same time a confirmation that following my very common sense is the right way to go. Although the current energy efficiency standards on new buildings are getting stricter every year, and I have found them rather challenging to work with in order to fuse them together with the centuries old natural patterns of architecture that positively effect human psychology and emotions, I've tried to implement the patterns in our house design as much as I possible.

'Light on two sides' through windows with 'small panes'. Further there is a kitchen situated in its own 'alcove' featuring a 'sunny counter' and 'open shelves'. Light on two sides

'The flow through rooms' featuring 'a solid door with glass'. The flow through rooms

The aspects which couldn't have been compromised on in the overall structure I tried to balance out with details like windows, materials and the interior design itself. On the pictures I am presenting some of my very favourite natural patterns that flawlessly work within our house and most importantly with our own feelings.

'Common areas at the heart.' The orange ball represents the physical easy to pass through centre of the house. There is a 'sitting circle' in a 'sunny place' on the left as well as 'waist-high shelves' represented by two sideboards. Common areas at the heart

My effort to implement the patterns might not be obvious at first sight. A compact rectangular shape is a far cry from narrow wings of light; small rooms and orientation didn't allow for much of light on two sides either. However, my success comes from the beautiful archetypal shape of the house. A front door in the middle is accompanied with two windows, one on each side, a structure is beautifully sheltered with a comforting gable, the symmetrical and harmonious house front has entrance on a sunny south-east side and features a lovely raised porch. The house is sitting within the natural shape of a slightly rising land.

front of the house

'South facing outdoors.' It provides a nice sheltered gradient transition between indoors and outdoors. South facing outdoors