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lobbies and other transitory areas used within buildings but not permanently occupied. Such spaces have a diﬀer-ent impact on people passing through than either outdoor or fully indoor areas.
CREATION OF THRESHOLDS
The thresholds or the transition spaces in architecture can be created by the change of light, a change of sound, a change of direction , a change of sur-face, a change of level, perhaps by gate-ways which make a change of enclosure and above all with a change in view.In short the tranquility of the thresholds is felt and maintained if it appeals to all the ﬁve senses of the human being – of touch, smell, sound, taste and sight.tions of these spaces is very important as well. Though many modern style homes are not designed for privacy and rely on their site and surrounding for that element, I would say it is deﬁ-nitely something you should always be thinking about. If you are thinking about a nice transitional space to place in the middle of the home, an atrium is always a good idea. One of the most important functions of transition spac-es is sustainability in building design. The accurate use of these spaces in a built form may increase its energy ef-ﬁciency up to a great extent. The
separates the public
and private sphere, private and com-mon property and self-determined
and over-directed action. As an architec-tural element or spatial
conﬁguration, it highlights historically speciﬁc, cul-turally
determined zones of transition, in which certain gestures and
activities are performed. Thresholds are created by elements like entrances that foster a shift in our inner state along the way. The shorter the route the more it requires variation in plant materials, arches and gates to create a sense of entry transition.
“All the structures in the town get their identity most clearly from the fact that you pass through a deﬁnite gateway to enter in – it is this gateway acting as a threshold which creates the unit”
— Christopher Alexander in‘A Pattern Language’
ENTRANCES AS THRESHOLDS
A planned entrance is the conscious ar-rangement or organization of the ele-ments or spaces like staircases, ramps, porches or canopies, sculptures and paintings, murals, landscaping which gives special, sometimes ceremonial signiﬁcance to the threshold as a sym-bol of transition.
Fig 3 –The colonnaded passage is marked by the play of light and shade.Fig 4 –Change of surfaceFig 5–Transition marked by the change of direction. [Ames cottage by Flora Grubb in San Francisco]
This concept is very well explored in the Japanese architecture. Japanese ar-chitecture does have great transitional spaces and an excellent connection to nature and whatever a given structure’s surrounding may be. Shoji screen halls around some of the exterior provide a nice transition between in and out. You should deﬁnitely take into account the ﬂow of the ﬂoor plan as well when thinking about transitional spaces. The psychological and social implica-