Fire

“Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall.
The sun does not realize how beautiful it is until after a room is made.”

Louis Kahn, architect

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Architecture has always reveled in the play of light. There is the practical planning of keeping the sun out in hot climes in summer, and welcoming it into the house in colder locations in winter. There is a deep satisfaction in living in such a place that cannot be captured in photographs. Then there is the aesthetic play of shadow and form on the exterior and the delight of playing with light on the interior in innumerable ways.

I have always been fascinated with the shaft of light, both to illuminate rooms in gentle or dramatic ways and to make one conscious of light itself and the passing of time: buildings then become clocks for the day and the round of seasons. As all light is extension of fire from our sun, there is fire itself, contained light that we burn at our convenience. Despite our modernity, there is a deep, atavistic pleasure in watching a burning fire as well as the comfort of it on a cold night.

 

Charles Van Block   Architects, Inc.  -  2675 W Hwy 89a #1239  -  Sedona AZ 86336  - Tel: 928-607-6446 -  Email

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