SPATIO-VISUAL PATTERNS IN ARCHITECTURE

  • YEAR
    2014
  • AUTHORS
    Dawes, Michael
    Ostwald, Michael J.
  • CATEGORIES
    2014 Conference Papers
    Architecture & Social Research

Extract

It has been alleged that living spaces in the domestic archi-tecture of Frank Lloyd Wright feature a distinct pattern of spatial and formal features which elicit positive emotional responses from visi-tors. Researchers have argued that the source of this appeal is found in the unique balance Wright achieved between outlook, enclosure and mystery. While this explanation is apparently accepted, little quantita-tive evidence exists to confirm that these houses actually contain the type of spatio-visual properties required to provoke such similar expe-riences. This paper utilises isovist analysis to seek mathematical evi-dence of patterns in the prospect, refuge and mystery related charac-teristics of 17 of Wright’s most famous houses. This analysis reveals an unexpectedly high degree of similarity between the designs, which is slightly less pronounced when exterior views are included.

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