Dualism and Sensory Awareness in Architecture and Design

Anna Marie Fisker, Mads Harder Danielsen

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By using the term less we focus on architectural heritage; can a heritage from a modernist architect show that less does not exclude more?
In the search for a hierarchy of relevant sustainable investment in architecture our paper focuses on the architect Arne Jacobsen.
We focus on the dualism of privacy, the layers of intimacy and private space, and interpret the sensory awareness that is represented in Jacobsen’s designs.
Into the discussion we draw Mario Praz who uses the term Stimmung to refer to “the sense of intimacy”. We focus on the famous picture of Jacobsen’s chair, model 3107, where the controversial English model Christine Keeler sat astride, and we analyze the photography’s iconic status. Arne Jacobsen also created the Egg. Is the Egg bilateral? Does the back rest create an intimate universe on the inside, and interplay with the strict geometry of the SAS hotel on the outside? We seek the architectural works ability to communicate, seek answers to which languages are spoken – can languages reach beyond the age of the works and spread to a present value? We try to relate the languages of senses and affect to the works of Jacobsen, the sensory awareness to architectural design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLess More Architecture Design Landscape : Le Vie dei Mercanti - X Forum Internazionale di Studi
EditorsCaterina Cristina Fiorentino, Manuela Piscitelli
Number of pages10
PublisherLa scuola di Pitagora editrice
Publication date2012
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-6542-129-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventLess More Architecture Design Landscape: Le Vie dei Mercanti_X Forum Internazionale di Studi - Aversa, Capri, Italy
Duration: 31 May 20122 Jun 2012


ConferenceLess More Architecture Design Landscape
CityAversa, Capri

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  • Dualism
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Sensualism
  • Architectural Heritage


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