MICRO MACRO ATMOSPHERES | STRAND 2016 | RECOGNITION AWARD - New Media Category | Snežana Zlatković & Anđela Karabašević

How do we explore atmospheric dimensions of architecture that essentially determine our experience of space? Architectural atmospheres occur somewhere between micro scales of physical processes (airflow, heat transfer, spreading of odors etc.), and macro scales of human body that individually experiences space. In this research, we investigate both of these seemingly opposing atmospheric qualities by applying two complementary methodologies - computational fluid dynamics and hand drawing. Computational simulations of physical processes reveal micro fragments of the invisible spatial behaviors, whereas drawing analyses map these behaviors in relation to one's own experience of space, by applying volumetric color to individual fragments of unstable air. The obtained results lead towards better understanding of our own everyday existence within the dynamic aerial fields of architectural spaces. By going beyond the rigid boundaries into the invisible void that reacts to the human body, we aim to reconsider the materiality of space and to accentuate the role of air and atmosphere in architecture altogether.


"This work is an attempt to capture and visually interpret the atmosphere, or micro climate, in an architectural interior, despite being invisible to users of the space and understated in design process. In an example of a Hammam, or Turkish bath, the authors of the project are demonstrating a possible diagramming of abundant hot air flow and heat transfer occurring inside this type of public facility. The effect of hot air flow as experienced by the human body is an important factor in overall spatial understanding in addition to the other haptic experiences. The significance of this work is in the recognition that some invisible components of spatial perception should be placed into the overall design equation. The work manages to bring together an abstract yet direct assemblage of geometry, technology, and sensitivity, thus making it totally relevant to contemporary discussions about architecture."