• Dishon Edward

How Architecture affects human behavior

For the past 10 years, the rate of development and the change in lifestyle have been rapid that we forget to realize certain things in life.



We spend most of our lifetime inside a closed space, be it a house or an office or gym and we do not as humans mentally feel same in all places.


Some feel peaceful in their home than in office, some like the atmosphere in a gym or library than in their house. There is a change in mood depending upon the place.


The truth is there are various factors inside a building that affect the human’s behavior that in every day busy life we rarely recognize the difference.



Our senses help us to find what’s there in our surrounding place. That our eyes can see the space, ear can hear the sounds, taste with the mouth and smell with the nose, and these at the side of some other senses offer us with most of the information that we've got concerning the world.


This also happens once we enter a brand-new house and that we begin to note it, acknowledge it, and then evaluate it. This method of discovering affects our sensation within the house and influences our opinion concerning it


Our 5 Senses


The five senses of a human being are the entryway to the healing.


The color healing happens through our eyes by which we see, our ears which helps us to hear acts as an entryway to musical therapy, the massage therapy we get through the materials in a building portrays the sense of touch, the sense of smell denotes the aromatherapy and finally the sense of taste denotes our diet.



As said before the things that surrounds us has a big influence in mental and physical way but in the busy world that we live in, this factor of realization gets hidden away.


Hence the behavior of a human in architectural space be an effect of the space upon the users and their senses.


The Influence of visual sense


It’s important to know how our eye functions as they can be analyzed from a psychological and environmental perspective. We see an object when there is a presence of light.


Designers have classified lights into natural light and artificial light.


Natural light is the light we get directly from the sun and can be considered as an excellent source of light for the health of human beings both mentally and physically. Author of the book “In my room” says


“when we are surrounded by natural outdoor light, there’s an equal balance of each of the colors of the spectrum in our bodies.”

Light helps us to see the color of an object or a material and its texture. Color has a major impact on us psychologically and physically.


Each color has its own emotion for instance, when we see the color red, it generated the blood to the brain faster and then to the muscle which results increase in rate of breathing, blood pressure. Whereas, the color blue helps us to calm down.





Colors can also create illusions. Colors that are shades of blue are called cool colors. Colors which are in shades of red are called as warm colors.


In a room filled with cooler colors, the time seems to go quick, objects look smaller and the room looks larger which is exactly contrasting to the warm colors. Many of us feel a bit cooler in a room filled with color and hot in a room filled with warm colors even though the temperature inside the room remains the same.



But a good Architect is one who builds a beautiful space, where people can enjoy the experience of space and appreciate the beauty of it, which eventually makes the space comfortable to be in it.


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