I think, however, these passages deserve respect and thought. If you measure the minutes of the day we typically spend in the home, I’d bet most of it is spent in travel, not lolling about in one room. Therefore, more attention should be given to the innate beauty that can be found in the circulation of a house.
The mundane act of movement through a house can be a meditative one. A good hall or gallery should be like a good path; it should be long enough to allow the traveller to complete a thought. It should allow one to skirt by rooms and enjoy their beauty even though you’re not inhabiting them at the moment. It should have it’s own architectural personality and celebration. Like any good car trip, there should be an ever changing landscape to your side and an anticipating light at the end of the tunnel.
It has been said that the journey is more important than the destination. I suggest we apply that wisdom to architecture and interior design. That would bolster the wandering soul in all of us.
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
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