Thermal Delight in Architecture by Lisa Heschong

Thermal Delight in Architecture by Lisa Heschong

Regina Yunghans
Feb 5, 2009

Often, the heat and coolth of our homes is controlled by the push of a button and the thermal source is invisible. LIsa Heschong's book - a one-evening read - is a potent reminder of the joy of experiencing thermal variation in the home...

Thermal Delight in Architecture explores ways that thermal qualities are expressed in architecture and cites architectural elements that attract us throughout the ages, purely for their thermal associations. Some examples:

A four-poster bed with curtains drawn becomes a warm nest for its inhabitant. Today, we are still drawn to this type of bed frame, even without the curtains!

And inglenook created by gathering cozy seating around the warm hearth. Again, we are drawn to another point of warmth within the home.

The courtyard of a home in Cairo. The plantings and shade offered in a home's interior courtyard bring coolth into the heart of homes in warm climates. We are drawn to the sounds of leaves and fountains, all because of the soothing relief associated with them.

What thermal delights do you take in your home? I type this with my feet resting on the warm radiator, warming my toes. Are you drawn to some areas because of their thermal qualities?

Top two photos from House to Home, bottom from IslamicArt.

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