The Lived Experience of Architecture
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Craig Tait, Architect, September 2018.


As we prepare to open our studio at Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day, we are reminded of the value of experiencing the spaces in our city in person.

“It is pleasurable to press a door handle shining from the thousands of hands that have entered the door before us; the clean shimmer of ageless wear has turned into an image of welcome and hospitality. The door handle is the handshake of the building. The tactile sense of connects us with time and tradition: through impressions of touch we shake the hands of countless generations.”


Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of The Skin, Architecture and the Senses


We live within a continuous stream of visual information that prioritises the ‘image’. As Juhani Pallasmaa highlights in his book The Eyes of the Skin, the hegemony of sight and its command over other fields of cultural production acts to distance us from our environment and our participation via lived experience. As with other forms of expression, ideas of form and image dominate the architectural profession. However, Pallamsaa’s writings remind us of the importance of physically connecting with architecture by placing ourselves within its environment and opening our senses to its influence.


Since classical times, the human body has been the measure of architecture; the careful design of proportion establishing an anthropometric reference between ourselves and our world, seeking to create harmony between our body and the places that we create. Like film, our appreciation of architecture is a fully immersive experience that asks us to engage with each of our senses and often encourages an emotional or behavioral response. Good places resonate with the craftsmanship of their making and the environments they create positively affect our wellbeing and sense of our self. We can only really know a building, or place, by inhabiting the spaces that they create. Architecture is something that cannot be appreciated by a static image alone.


So open that door, and your senses, to discover a place that makes a difference to you.

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Observations

Images from our Instagram account which capture ideas, places and things that inspire us.
Now more than ever we need a vision for the future for shared life in our towns and cities. We shared our thoughts on the City of Edinburgh’s choices for a City Plan 2030 #edinburgh #city #planning #future #architecture #ariel #photography #drone #scotland
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #architectmodel #model #modeldesign #schoolarchitecture
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #schoolarchitecture
School Sports Pavilion. A sports pavilion that is designed to lift every pupil’s confidence before stepping out onto the field. #architecture #design #scotland #school #pavilion #architect #building #detail #material #architecturephotography #7narchitects #landscape #schoolarchitecture
The Chief Planner for Scotland issued a letter on Friday acknowledging the need to explore alternative approaches to public consultation during the Covid-19 lockdown. We were pleased to present our latest design proposals for Queensberry Properties’ redevelopment of Finance House in one of the first ‘digital consultations’ in Scotland on the 19th of March. See our journal for more info, link in bio.
Our team has been working from home in recent weeks, which has made us appreciate the value of light and bright interior spaces. Working from home is better with a view. This is the view from one of the rooms in Buccleuch Street Accomodation.
7N's Vision for Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc - for more information, check out our journal page.
7N's Vision for Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc - for more information, check out our journal page.
Evening light through the trees at Jordanhill Park.
The first apartments are approaching completion as the team reach the one year milestone at Jordanhill.
Autumnal Tones at Jordanhill Park.
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Fraser Avenue, Phase 1
Our Work - In May, 7N signed the Architect’s Declare open letter which has been signed by over 625 architectural practices. Signing the Architect’s Declare letter involves endorsing eleven ‘pledges’ which range from advocacy and raising awareness of climate and biodiversity emergencies, to significant changes in working practices around carbon modelling, resource use and knowledge sharing. Like many others, we have turned the lens on the operations of our practice and our projects to better understand where we can make a real difference and how meaningful changes can be advocated and realised. Our research will be shared in a sustainability focused blog series to document this journey, but to mark today’s day of climate action we’re offering some initial findings along with links to information others may find useful and interesting ; to read the full article, visit our Journal page - link in bio.
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