Sunday, August 21, 2011

Look and Feel of a Building

The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

Construction of the building started in in January 2003 and in December 2003 it was finished. House architecture is based on Jan Marcin Szancer (famous Polish artist and child books illustrator) and Per Dahlberg (Swedish painter living in Sopot) pictures and paintings. It is very unique as it does not behave the law of physics. It has various unknown shapes and looks very nice and comfortable. It releases various illusions such as being inverted. I find this architecture one of the most unique as the building is different from other normal buildings. It still has normal looks as the interior is the same. The pleasing look of the building originates from the exterior.

Dark colours absorb heat radiation much better than light colours. So particularly sunlight falling on a dark surface will be absorbed and converted to heat at the surface. Falling on a light surface, more of it will be reflected. It has nothing to do with storage capacity which is totally unrelated to colour. A dark coloured house will be warmed more by the sun than a white one, likewise the clothing. Just place two pieces of paper or plastic - one black, the other white - on your window ledge in the sun and check their temperatures after 2 minutes - you'll immediately feel the effect. Or touch different coloured car roofs in a sunny car park - the same effect!

Generally lighter colors like white are cooler because of their high albedo and thus white appears white since it reflects all light. Darker colors like black is 'hotter' since it absorbs light. Since light is energy, darker colors will radiate back that absorbed light as heat. Therefore a house with black interior walls will generally be warmer inside and vice versa.


The lights on the exterior of the building would cause the building to look nicer in the night as the lights would enhance the view of the building, showing the bright scenery as the dark sky acts as the background.

While the lights on the exterior make the building look more “classy”, the lights on the interior are mostly the how it would affect people to feel. The lights in the interior could make a person feel at home because of the intensity of the light, or make a person feel like they are in a classy place because of the smooth light.

From the information above, I can tell that Texture is affected by Light. Different textures are also used to bring across different type of feel. It affects the outlook of the project and the emotions of the customers/viewers.

From the third picture, the jade bowl gives us a classic smooth feeling as the texture looks very smooth, and we’d expect it to be smooth when we touch it. However in the clay pots (the one with three colours inside) etc, it gives us the feeling that if we touch it, it will pop up and feels rough on our hands. The three similar coloured pots looks as if it would be smooth on our hands but with a sandy feeling due to its material. However, the child’s figurine looks smooth as the light reflected off it a bit which shows that is shiny and probably has a coat of thin varnish.

Done By: Abilash, Priyanka, Su En, Yuzhe


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