“The flat floor is an invention of the architects. It fits engineers – not human beings.”
People not only have eyes to enjoy the beauty they see and ears to hear melodies and noses to smell nice scents. People also have a sense of touch in their hands and feet. Architect and painter Hundertwasser has a theory witch states that the sense of touch is more important than most of us think .
“If the modern man is forced to walk on flat asphalt and concrete floors as they were planned thoughtlessly in designers’ offices, estranged from man’s age-old relationship and contact to earth, a crucial part of man withers and dies.”
Walking on a flat surface is not what nature intended for us , so as the concept states , this action makes us ill and emotionally unhappy. Now a lucid , normal person would say that is an exaggeration but when you start to think about it , ask yourself : where am I going to be happier ? In a vast flat place ( a gigantic parking lot ) or on a hill , a mountain ? Nature doesn ‘t build in straight lines and maybe that s why this concept looks very appealing to me, because I miss nature and an this “uneven floor ” that the artist is talking about could be a strong mirage that I don t live in a completely artificial environment.
“Architecture should elevate and not subdue man. It is good to walk on uneven floors and regain our human balance.”
Hundertwasser, April, 1991
For those of you who haven’t heard about this man , Friedensreich Hundertwasser was a painter and an architect , contributing with innovating ideas and beautiful paintings . Since he’s one of my favorite artist i ‘ll write about him in the future .
Homesthetics conclusion :
Although this concept is interesting , we will never see it wide spread around architecture because it has a main disadvantage. We live in the era of speed , people want to travel fast , even by foot , and the best way to do that , is on a flat , artificial surface.