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.
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
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!!!
It is very very quiet inside. The only thing you hear are the birds from outside. A very meditative place indeed. The spaces are empty and ordered like a painting of Mondriaan. No furniture except for a few paintings, a couple of cushions and a few vases with Ikebana. Balanced natural lighting partly with the help of translucent rice paper doors. Extraordinary interaction between the Zen garden and the interior, open facades when wanted, closed when needed.
The building postulates feeling good inside toughness. The interior is dedicated to raising comfort and atmosphere. The fresh air, the passive cooling system, the visual comfort, the temperature, the individual overrides to the heating, ventilation and shading make up a building that feels good and keeps people healthy -proven. The atrium, finished in clay stucco, makes the building breath: air and light enter the building from all sides. It was given the qualification "the best building ever" by Building Services Journal.
"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!"
This is the "Rietveld-Paviljoen" in the gardenspace of the Kröller-Müller Museum.
In the picture people are listening to a concert - but the times I visited the pavilion
it was rather empty and it is very inspiring to roam through the open spaces.
Vincent van Gogh
If painted good, it's worth millions.
Thai House (Thap Khwan Palace)
A traditional Thai house (Thap Khwan Palace); There is a common area which is a big terrace in the middle of the house. From the picture, there are 3 of feeling good things. TREE creates some shade, shadow and reduces heat from the sun to the whole area, and then the terrace becomes a comfort zone. SPACE UNDER THE AWNING is a pathway between terrace and the private room. People always use as same as the terrace in case that the terrace is too hot. The floor is raised from the terrace about 40 cm to be a chair and air-intake for cool down the hot temperature in the house. MATERIAL AND CONSTRUCTION; Thai house is made by natural material such as wood board and roof clay tiles. To construct Thai house, we use only pins and pegs to join the boards together. It is easy to build but strong and comfortable.
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.
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.
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.
Joke van Berkum
"Back to the womb. Relaxing, reflecting, reading, recharging."
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."