OASE #91 – Building atmosphere

“What do we mean when we speak of architectural quality? It is a question that I have little difficulty in answering. Quality in architecture … is to me when a building manages to move me. What on earth is it that moves me? How can I get it into my own work? … How do people design things with such a beautiful, natural presence, things that move me every single time. One word for it is Atmosphere.” — Peter Zumthor.

Two world-renowned European architects, Peter Zumthor and Juhani Pallasmaa, have both identified atmosphere as a core theme of architecture. In architectural journal OASE 91 Building Atmosphere, Zumthor and Pallasmaa engage in a conversation about building atmosphere. This issue of OASE also includes an excerpt of the bookArchitektur und Atmosphäre by German philosopher Gernot Böhme, and his reflection on the notion of atmosphere in the work of Peter Zumthor and Juhani Pallasmaa. On April 29th OASE invites these three men to continue this conversation live on stage.