|1. High ceiling for high energy over gathering space contrasting with|
lower, more intimate, ceiling over dining area.
Somehow the typical American home has accepted the standard eight-foot ceiling as the norm. The article quotes a University of Minnesota study that reports "people in 8-foot-high rooms feel more confined, while those in 10-foot rooms feel freer." Further, "Low ceilings can trigger feelings of confinement, making places like basement apartments seem all the more crowded and unbearable."
|2. A low ceiling at surrounding galleries adds emphasis to central space.|
Of course, manipulating scale and creatively introducing variety remains a challenge for architects. However, it is heartening to know that good architecture is not simply a matter of taste and opinion and more a matter of good practice for human well-being.
|3. Playing with scale.|
1. Worley residence by Michael Knorr. Photo by R. Munger.
2. Florida Southern Chapel by Frank Llloyd Wright. National Archives American Building Survey.
3. Worley residence by Michael Knorr. Photo by R. Munger.