The Matters of the Continuity in Architecture

Myungshig Kim


There exists a possibility of integrating an architectural space (building interior) and an urban open space (urban interior) as a single concept of interiority. Architecture is to connect the former with the latter. It can be understood as articulation formed by the rapports and the resonances between different and heterogeneous entities of spaces, and formed in the times from the past to the present to the future. It is a concrete revelation about the form of space as a physical connection which connects inside with outside, and about the shape of time as a nonphysical connection which connects our contemporary dwelling-world with the past and the future. Thus, architecture has a twofold form that contains the continuity of holding spatial and temporal aspects. This paper explores, through the review of selective literatures, the continuities of form between the spaces and between the times. The first site investigated is our perception and experience. Architecture can be understood in two features of: the continuity of the matter-forms perceived by the senses and the continuity of the spatial forms experienced by the sequential movements. The second site explored is the continuity of space that building rooms are connected to urban rooms. The third site dealt with is the continuity in the shape of time. Architecture implies the continued form imprinted by the course of history or its discontinuity. Theoretically discussing the matters of the continuity, the paper clarifies the continuity of form to be a significant design method in the field of architecture.


continuity; form; space; time

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