On weather I

In a highly inspiring lecture on weather architecture given by Jonathan Hill at the Aarhus School of Architecture in May 2011 it became clear to me that the best architecture has always embraced landscape and been in a continous and changing dialogue with the weather:

Using the site’s natural weather as a fertilizer it cultivates manmade weather to consider our perception of the natural and the artificial. The seasonal relations between varying weather conditions are the principal tool of building, which is endless and evolving rather than finite and fixed. As the building grows it drifts further from the needs of people, blurring the boundaries between home and garden, work and rest, inside and outside, the natural and the artificial […] So that we may inhabit a weathered home the way we do a weathered landscape.

Jonathan Hill, Immaterial Architecture, 2006 (my emphasis)

 

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