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Spatial Interpenetration and Identity

Different countries have Different languages, even within a particular country as well. The different kind of languages are used and same language may also change according to the locality and period. In architecture it also could be seen various languages which are changed according to the period, country and the person who adopt it.

But by using any ordinary language it is possible to express an idea clearly and effectively using its vocabulary and grammar. This phenomenon is visible in Architecture as well and designers do the same thing using architectural languages and elements.

People can shape buildings for themselves and have done for centuries by using different languages. Architectural language give powers to each person who uses it, to create infinite variety of new and unique buildings, just as his ordinary language gives him the power make infinite variety of sentences and statements.

It is not just the shape of building which comes through the language, it is the special quality as well. Even the life and the beauty of the most awe-inspiring great religious buildings came from the languages, their builders used the language like seeds and it is the generic system which gives power to form a whole.

An Architectural language which may comprise of theories, concepts and syntax like in oral language, is considered as something endlessly changing in many different ways and directions. The trend of its changing in given society will be profoundly influenced by the kind of exploration of possibilities of form which is encouraged by the intellectual climate of particular society.

Spatial interpenetration is one of the significant aspect of any architectural language or style and has a major contribution to the architecture. It’s role is magnificent in any style, even though the various types of architectural styles were immerged and vanished into another style, throughout the long history of architecture. The concept of spatial interpenetration could be seen in all architectural styles in different extent.

Analyzing the long history of architecture it is evident that the gradual development of spatial interpenetration has commenced with the innovation and usage of new materials and technologies in construction. By the introduction of easy construction methods, different approaches and strategies of spatial interpenetrations were adopted by the great architects like Le Corbusier, Mies Vander Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright who were pioneers in modern movement of architecture. With the introduction of those strategies, it helped extensively to change the existing monotony rather boring type of spatial expressions and created a new type of elegant architectural works such as falling water, Barcelona pavilion, Sydney Opera House etc.

It therefore, implies that it is essential to explore into the particular subject that has a long history and massive contribution to built-environment and to identify the concept with its usage as it is reflected on Sri Lankan urban residential architecture, for the potential designers and others who wishes to perceive existing architecture comprehensively.

Plan of Barcelona Pavilion
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