The other night, I was reminded of a passage from the book Eyes of the Skin by Juhani Pallasmaa. It was evening and we had a gorgeous sunset. I went out to shoot these pictures of the sky’s vivid yellow, orange, and red colors as they interacted with our home’s glass walls. Aside from functioning as the dominant enclosure system, these glass facades also function as huge mirrored reflectors that project the surrounding landscape back into our living spaces and into the environment. On this night, the sunset’s intensity of light infused these spaces with a cocktail of soft peach pastels.
At times like this, nature’s spectacle is immense and our importance diminishes. The passage that I remember goes like this – “Architecture can make us experience ourselves as complete embodied and spiritual beings. This is the great function of all meaningful art.” Well said, Juhani.