Bodily Experiences of Horizontal Surfaces

The start given to the second year of architectural studios with the examination of Erimtan Museum and the surrounding area for the aim of analyzing horizontal surfaces through the medium of the measurements of human body, its reactions and movements. We were assigned to work in groups of five people so that the experiences we can discover varied instinctively.

The initial factor that took our attention was the elevations of horizontal surfaces which are used to exhibit archaeological art works. Some were positioned to the height of eye level in order to avoid any unnecessary movements and extra effort on human body, some other were in the height of a human waist since they were consisting some works to be investigated from above.Briefly, everything was planned and designed through human body. 

Movements of the human body as a reaction to those horizontal surfaces is also related with the dimensions and the geometry of the space since both are very significant factors for guiding man and defining the directions which can be followed or must be followed. In the light of all our analysis we defined some circumstances that we observed as dominant ones in the whole area and some movements that we ruled out such as sitting which was not that dominantly detected.

We examined the area in the following three topics:

  • speed of movemets
  • number of people moving
  • number of possible directions

and defined them all as “dense” spaces in which these circumstances are highly viewed.


The model we made consists of two parts as Erimtan and the surrounding castle area. Main layers signifies the floors, however, we used layering method for indicating those “dense” parts. Plus, heights of layers within the building are defined via horizontal surfaces designed through human dimensions. In spaces where the speed and freedom in movement increases, density of layers increase correspondingly.

Another point to be concerned is the gaps left in the main horizontal surfaces. As a group we were trying to arouse interest on surfaces which are replaceable and those are not replaceable and eventually creates new corridors.

Additionally the surrounding walkway is an inclined road where people need to make more effort to walk on (or climb) and repetition of the movement is more frequent similarly to the movement on the stairs. That’s why we increased the density of layer around those zones and again the height of layers is related to human dimensions.

As the final point, here is a diagramatic representation of the whole idea in which the frequency of the lines represent that the speed is becoming faster, number of possible directions is increasing.




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