Albert van der Sar
"The most important for my feelgoodbuilding is it's location. The rest is less important.
Very important is the protection that the feelgoodbuilding offers. Obviously interrelated with the location (safe environment or not) and my activities.
During holidays I love sleeping in a tent or in a (thick) sleeping bag (max clo) outside. Under the stars, next to a warm fire, with the noise of night animals in the background, half drunk. That sums up pretty well what the ingredients for my ultimate feel good experience are. Of course after a few weeks I get fed up with that (after a while rather impractical) and enjoy going back to a real roof over my head.
Another feelgood environment of interest is the Finnish sauna (minimum clo) or swimming outside in a (heated) swimming pool.
My ultimate feelgoodbuilding is a building with contrasts. Not same - same everywhere. But for example nicely heated areas (e.g. in the living room) next to more chilly parts (e.g. halls and bedrooms). Light areas (e.g. in a serre) combined with dimmed light in the living area and darkness where I sleep. Some parts with a ceiling height of 2.40 meter. Other parts with a height of 3 meter or more with high placed windows for spectacular daylight penetration.
How the building looks? I like fun and something strange is welcome.
Examples that come close to my ultimate feelgoodbuilding are: The Pantheon in Rome, TWA Saarinen in New York, the Kruisheren church in Maastricht and the Evoluon in Eindhoven."
Wei-Hsun Chen Wei-Hsun Chen Wei-Hsun Chen Wei-Hsun Chen
House N, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, is a living place defined by three boxes with different sizes. The architect not only creates a new boundary between the house and surrounding environment, but also breaks through the conventional layout which usually separates our living place into different rooms. It creates a opportunity to make userâ€™s life infiltrate into the city smoothly due to this in-between space which is created by three boxes and their voids. Unconsciously, the private living space is extended from inside to outside, from a house into a city. The richness of spatial levels is building a free and comfortable atmosphere for a living space.
The heart of the house
Kitchen is the heart of the house. It always welcomes you with its warming atmosphere and delectable smell... It is the place that conversations are always keep going.
Thermal bath by Peter Zumthor
The journey through the mountains of Graubunden ends in the rocks. The building is a block of rough, grey, local stone in which the spaces are cut out like caves. The ceilings, the walls, the floors are pure rock; they belong here. Stone looks like stone and wood looks like wood. When you pull the lever of a shower you get what you expect: a drowning flush of ice water. The light is dim, but sufficient to find your way. Daylight strikes the granite surfaces and accentuates the building's structures. In each area the visitor is actually aware of it's specific mix of temperature, humidity, sound, lighting and smell. This mix determines the room, for instance in the cave where you sit down and sweat in a dark and foggy room, incredibly hot, where no wall is visible, only faint orange light and steam.
The seat in my friends car
This is the seat in my friends car. It is well designed and well made seat from leather and has a seat heating function. But personally for me it is feelgood space because I feel safe there. Is it because of good design or quality of the car, or my friend who is driving - I do not know, but every time I am there I feel good.
"In Thoreau's own words:
"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity."
This was a sustainable home, built to be low impact and no bigger than it needed to be.
Thoreau said he did not need a library because he did not read, he hoed beans.
It was built by a pond so it didn't need plumbing pipes - no lead, no copper, no zinc, no pvc, no pollution!"
sometimes the place that i feel good is not really about where it is or what it looks like, but the people that i stay with, like in this picture, a group of friends sit together, so it is the best space.
Joke van Berkum
"Back to the womb. Relaxing, reflecting, reading, recharging."
It is a hostel in new zealand where I had stayed for 2 nights few years ago. It is a typical home image for me because of the wooden floor and structure, inside stairs and the most important object is the fireplace. I feel warm and cozy when I laid back in the couch reading my novel. I can also hear the crackle from the flame from time to time, feel the heat and smell the smoke from the burning wood. That makes me feel relax and calm.
Municipal Health Building
Laura Hulsman, Indoor Environmental Consultant
This building was part of a retrofit R&D program in order to create a stimulating and comfortable working environment.
I was never able to experience it in real life, but the redesign should definately be a FEELGOODBUILDING
Machiel van Dorst
Form follows behavior, so a good building facilitates events. My feel good building is however eventless, so the building can take all the credits and becomes a sculpture on itÃs own. Pavilions are legitimate sculptures because the lack of programs or technical or climatically restrictions. My feelgoodbuilding is the German Pavilion of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona. It Ãs a perfect walkthrough sculpture. ItÃs combines fine with raw materials with high tactile quality (onyx, travertine and polished chrome). It opens en closes towards the environment and the plainness of the easy flowing space gives a peace of mind. The indoor climate is the outdoor climate of a Barcelona park, combined with the smell of still water. It is funny, but the smell of the water gives me pleasant memories of Asian cities. The object quality is reinforced by the fact the building is ones demolished and rebuild 57 years later. This capacity to disappear is a form of humility I like in a building.
Jaap de knegt
"Lochamara lodge is especially a feel good place for everything you can't find there:
No traffic, no tv, no shops, no stress, no (mechanical) noise. (Hammock) heaven on earth."
Toon van Hooijdonk
a small 2d circle-weblike object before the WildWest started; it is supposed to separate good from evil dreams.
a giant 3D object from the MiddleEast which is supposed to have magical power in the point of gravity.
To join these beautifull polarities really made me feel good. Drawing peace & harmony.
So happy & sweet dream to all of you. And beware; they will come true!!!