"We value certain buildings for their ability to rebalance our misshapen natures and encourage emotions which our predominant commitments force us to sacrifice. Feelings of competitiveness, envy and aggression hardly need elaboration, but feelings of humility amid an immense and sublime universe, of a desire for calm at the onset of evening or of an aspiration for gravity and kindness - these form no correspondingly reliable part of our inner landscape, a rueful absence which may explain our wish to bind such emotions to the fabric of our homes." - Alain de Botton
Taken from Alain de Botton's The Architecture of Happiness; we can not recommend this book enough. Not holding itself strictly to the subject of architecture, de Botton is concerned with nothing less than the way human behavior and emotion are influenced by physical environment.
Image taken from the film Into Great Silence, dir. Philip Groning