The particularresearch topictries to explore and approach "that which exists between" the resident / user and the architectural work, be it a building or a site. The concept of atmosphere, intangible and vague, was chosen as study.
The first part is an attempt to approach the atmosphere through theoretical-philosophical views. Starting from the concept of the atmosphere, the approach continues from the standpoint of embodied experience, the building and site. Also explores the "construction" of the atmosphere through the prism of philosophy of symbolic forms and the relationship of the atmosphere with art.
The second part focuses on the study of a particular architectural paradigm, baths Therme Vals of Peter Zumthor. The study is based on the book of the same architect, Atmospheres / Architectural Environments - Surrounding Objects, which presents the personal vision of Zumthor for architecture and the way he handles the production of the atmosphere in his works. Guided by the nine sections of the book, takes place a kind of anatomy of those elements of architectural design, which contribute to this atmospheric effect featuring spa Therme Vals.
The purpose of this effort is to provide a tool for understanding how we can produce architecture with reference to man.
To "construct" atmosphere means taking into account the human senses and respond to the call of the place says Schultz. Namely the conscious experiencing and observing of our sensory functions and our interaction with the surroundings. This view concentrates the essence of the atmosphere as an interaction between the user and the building.