Existence, Space & Architecture – New concepts of architecture by Christian Norberg-Schulz (Studio Vista, 1971) studies the concept of architectural space as a dimension of human existence. The book introduces the theory of existential space which grew into one of the most important concepts of the so-called phenomenological approach to architecture.
Existence and existential space cannot be separated. Heidegger says: ‘The world at any time reveals the spatiality of the space which belongs to it.’ Any activity means ‘to be somewhere’.
What, then, does it mean to be somewhere’? It simply means to be located in an existential space. We may be ‘at home’, ‘away’ or astray’. The term ‘away’ expresses that we are on our way to get ‘somewhere else’. The German word weg, in fact, means’ way’ as well as ‘away’. The term ‘lost’ expresses that we have left the known structure of existential space. The experience (perception) of space, this, consists in the tension between one’s immediate situation and existential space. When our immediate location coincides with the centre of our existential space, we experience being ‘at home’. If not, we are either ‘on our way’, ‘somewhere else’, or we are ‘lost’.
– Christian Norberg-Schulz, Existence, Space & Architecture (Studio Vista, 1971), p.34
The text is in English. The book has been richly illustrated with black-and-white photographs, some architectural drawings, and other visual material.
The copy in our stock is in nice condition. The pages are clean without any markings, and the glueing of the binding is fine. There is some age-related yellowing on the edges of the pages, and the covers show some shelf wear and signs of use.