Argument no. 1: Layout Vs Space, by Oskar Mielczarek
It is very difficult to see the difference between these two concepts a priori, especially if you are not an architecture professional. We all get used to living in a house, bigger or smaller, newer or older, of varying height, but has anyone stopped to think about what is behind the design of these layouts?
It is sad that as the 20th century progressed, economic criteria caused the distortion of architecture and the loss of functionality, simply because it was not profitable. Where did that leave those breathtaking open spaces, from the cave to the great European cathedrals?
If you were to ask a person how they want to live, or how they would like their house to be, the description would probably begin with the size or the number of rooms and occasionally the height, if we were talking about buildings. However, no one talks about how they want to feel in their own house… An architect is more than a divider of rectangular spaces which differ in height and have windows added to them because health regulations demand it. This concept is the death of the profession, which has been destroyed by the economic and production interests of property developers.
We can remind ourselves here of some frequently repeated poetic concepts from the masters of architecture:
“Architecture is the encounter between light and form” Le Corbusier
- “It’s possible to work under pressure as long as the client is willing to follow.” Zaha Hadid
- “Architecture is the art of how to waste space” Phillip Johnson
- “Decline can be a way to interpret architecture” Rem Koolhaas
- “My ideas have an irrefutable logic; the only thing that makes me doubt is that they haven’t been applied before” Antoni Gaudí
- “From a pencil stroke, architecture is born.” Oscar Niemeyer
- “The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.” – Alvar Aalto
- “Architecture is the will of the age conceived in spatial terms.” – Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe
“Less is more.” Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
- “I am immensely grateful to architecture for allowing me to see the world through its eyes.” Rafael Moneo
- “A building is an offering to the spirit of architecture.” Louis Kahn
- “My house is my refuge, a piece of emotional architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.” Luis Barragán
- “I always liked to talk about architecture as a form of entertainment; if it’s not done joyfully it’s not architecture. This joy is, precisely, architecture, the satisfaction that is felt. The emotion of architecture makes you smile, makes you laugh. Life doesn’t. “Alejandro de la Sota
- “Less aesthetics and more ethics.” Massimiliano Fuksas
Ruling these concepts out, we find that everything is reduced to two very simple concepts found around us: light and space. The ability to capture space to make life easier for the inhabitants, and to provide it with that spirituality offered by light is the true value of architects, for which our vocation has led us to train in a profession which for most people is little understood, and less valued.