What is Space?
I understand space to be “An area which can be manipulated depending on the wanted purpose of that area;” A space only then becomes a place when we feel safe in that area. A space can determine how we feel, as a designer, we would want to manage space to suit the place in which the client would like to achieve, if this can be understood?
Architect – Le Corbusier, “Space is the blank state”
- Here the architect quite simply employs that a space is the very beginning of a creation. A space is to be occupied, and used at its best possible potential, in order to satisfy whatever is needed/wanted of that space.
“Places are spaces with meaning” – the Fundamentals of Architecture.
- As explained earlier, a space will only become a place when the meaning is defined and understood. If we walk into a room and feel unsafe, or feel that the ‘space’ does not satisfy our expectations, can it be defined as a place? It may be in this situation where we realised a space has not been used to it’s full potential, and perhaps interior planning has failed.
‘A space must stimulate a person before it becomes a place’
The are many different areas of ‘space’ we can consider, is it a private space? public space? or interior space? This is a factor to consider which would help a designer to manipulate it into a ‘place.’ We should also consider if the space is; rough or smooth; warm or cold; above or below; inside, outside or in-between.