Jumbled MessSometimes messiness hits a sweet spot. There’s nothing quite like the comfort of lolling about in a mess of your own creation, like in a messy bedroom with dirty clothes and manga strewn about. But people seem to crave this comfort around town as well. At a gift shop spilling over with merchandise, older ladies chatting at a table become part of the commotion. The relaxed nature of their conversation, which seems to last forever, finds a counterpart in the disorder of the atmosphere. Something about these disorderly spaces pulls us in. Keep your eyes open around town, and you’re bound to find people of all ages gladly spending time in messy spaces.
Gathering in Open AreasAs kids, it was so fun to play around in open areas until the sun went down. These open zones of play had none of the equipment of a playground, just simple spaces where the weeds were left to grow. Perhaps such open areas stimulate our creativity because of their capacity, a sense that anything could happen. Interestingly enough, open areas have recently become a favorite meeting spot for adults as well as children.
VastnessThough usually bristling with human activity, places like event spaces, banquet halls, and loading areas spend part of the time vacant. Visit after hours, and the quiet that pervades the air of these enormous spaces can be strangely comforting. Perhaps we detect a lingering aroma or reverberation of activity. This is no simple quietude. As sprawling as these spaces may be, they nevertheless retain a certain intimacy.
Panoramic FrameA long series of windows, or the horizontal frame made by a roofline and a porch, creates a panoramic view of the world outside. Along the threshold, windows and pillars establish a steady rhythm that strengthens the impression of endless continuation. Margins of darkness above and below amplify the contrast, creating a landscape so bright and fresh it dazzles the eye. Though simple, this framework is bold and daring, making the ocean or lush greenery look all the more alive.