Faces

6 January, 2018

"Describe your sorrows and desires, passing thoughts and the belief in some sort of beauty - describe all these with loving, quiet, humble sincerity, and use, to express yourself, the things in your environment, the images from your dreams, and the objects of your memory."

Rainer Maria Rilke, Poet

I am learning to see more through Rilke, it's still going badly, but I intend to keep writing.  For example, there are multiple people Architects can design for, but there are many more Faces to design for, because each person has several of them.  There are happy people, confident people, shy people who need guiding, trusting people, rude people and careless people.  I've only just realised that we're not only designing for those people, but also their Faces.  By Faces, I mean moods, happy, sad, thirsty, hungry or tired.  The amount of situations and actions and Faces a human can adopt in a little dwelling designed by the Workshop is countless.  Then, you are also designing for Faces that haven't even been born yet and you must cater for them too.  Peoples Faces change in a second, and the space they want for that Face changes as instantaneously.  A Face is a Face and a space is a space.

Architecture really doesn't care if you understand it, but the people using it really do care if you've understood and catered for them and their Faces.  That is why we try to concentrate on the people and their actions and not what the architectural theory of the project is.  If your architecture gives a person a smile on their Face, it enters into their heart and creates a memory which they carry around with them in their synaptic nerve endings ready to be triggered at any random opportune moment, anywhere, anyhow, firing up their Face again in the most unexpected moment.