Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The pic show a staircase and skylight by Rick Mather, an American architect. In the renovation, he used the glass staircase to transform a dark Victorian structure into one filled with light, even on a gray day. It was a great success.
The problem is that human beings are wired to feel instintive fear of high places, probably evolved because falling off tall tree branches was (and is among monkeys) a vert real danger. People has nightmares of falling off from high places. Walking on transparent, unsubstancial surface, like walking on the air, can cause panic attacks. It certainly creates an unforgettable architectural experience, that is, a sensation of utter fear.
I dont like it. Architecture that conduces to panic is - imbecile. And who will maintain clean those glass surface, where every touch leaves its mark? Success, shmuxess. What about those traditional closed, dark, secure rooms, where one feels so comfortable. What good it makes to live in a house open to the sky, to the street, no privacy, a constant feeling of being nude and observed. The worst aspect of the glass is light. I have too much light in my Kever Benjamin apartment, the windows are too big, the luminosity of Israel is very strong, and it hurts my eyes. The city is built of white reflective houses, the apartment building in front doubles the amount of sunlight and irradiation I receive. In Israel, the use of glass in architecture is criminal, and the architect commiting such a crime should be condemned to live in a glass house during one long and blightening Israeli summer. With the air conditioner breaking down once a week. I have stated my opinion.