Uni Blog 2018

Hello, so this is a little glimpse into the thoughts and things around my final major project from university (over a year ago). The aim of the blog was explore the topic of atmosphere and how objects within the home can influence it. Feels like a million years ago I started this but anyway, hope you enjoy 

Peter Zumthor ‘Atmosphere’


After redirecting my project to look more closely to the idea of atmosphere, and more specifically the atmosphere created from the object which surrounds our home, I wanted to do some further reading. This lead me to read Peter Zumthor’s ‘Atmosphere’: a book exploring his ideas of atmosphere and what things can influence it.

He talks about the power of atmosphere as such: “we perceive atmosphere through our emotional sensibility - a form of perception that works incredibly quickly… Something inside us tells us an enormous amount straight away. we are capable of immediate appreciation, of a spontaneous response, of rejecting things in a flash.” Atmosphere can be influenced by people air, noise, sound, colour, material, textures, forms, object which can all have such a profound effect on how you remember and experience something. Within his book, Zumthor had written about 9 principles all of which were of interest; however, those that caught my attention gravity to the things which assure an atmospheric energy. These principles being:

The sound of space: “interiors are like large instruments, collecting sound, amplifying it, transmitting it elsewhere”

Surrounding Objects: “people interact with objects… you find things come together in a very caring, loving way, and that there’s this deep relationship”

The light of things: “Where the and how the light fell. Where the shadows were… the light of things is so moving to me that I feel it almost as a spiritual quality.”

Blair McIntosh