Think about the word ‘space’ and our perception varies from person to person. As humans we desire for space. It shapes our personality and makes us unique. Not to forget the fact that we live in a country that is infused with a diverse culture and therefore it is inevitable that each cultural value will eventually shape our beliefs.
The world views space and structure mainly through visual elements. Therefore a brick, tree, door, window, and carpet are only a few visual elements that combine and allow us to experience space.
Remember space is all about perspective. So, depending on our position in society, we inhabit space differently. Every minute of our lives we are in physical dialogue with the space. The spaces we occupy directly influence our psychological well-being and creative output.
To elaborate more on this concept of space, we take a few examples to understand what space means to us.
At public bathrooms in restaurants/pubs/motels, our minds immediately switch to a defensive one where our prime notion of cleanliness and privacy is at an all time high. It is a ‘necessity’. On the flip side, think about your home; it is one place where your defenses are off, and you’re more relaxed. It is where your true identity is shaped.
We also see the importance of a simple queue. Instead of hoarding the counter, a queue restores sense of order in society by eliminating the class barrier. Similarly, a hotel room’s main goal is to make you feel as if you’re the first person to live in it. In offices, you’re surrounded by white walls in square boxes. Your soft-board therefore when filled with personal memories such as a photograph or your kid’s drawings, will create a sense of being close to your loved ones at all times, thus increasing productivity.
In terms of colour and the way space is used, the human mind reacts differently to situations. Say, you give a man a puzzle in a tight room, where the ceilings are low. He will complete the puzzle quickly, as there is a sense of “restriction”. Similarly you feel more relaxed with the colour blue as it signifies open skies, vast oceans, and beaches, because airy like spaces help us feel free.
And finally, there is an ‘escape’ space, where for a few minutes or hours, one would wish to get out of the hands from ‘family, colleagues and bosses’. It could be anything; a game on your phone, a walk in your area or simply get lost in your thoughts.
Therefore, to put it in simple terms, the psychology of space is the perfect interplay between the man and space.
We would love to hear your “out of the box” thoughts on space.