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Small Gestures: The Importance of Details in Architecture
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Små gester : Vikten av detaljer inom arkitektur (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This diploma project aims to explore the importance of details and small gestures in architecture. 

Whether its a technical detail, a choice of material or a lighting fixture, these seemingly small gestures all influence how we experience a room. It is my belief that these little details, can make a big difference to how we experience our everyday life and that they communicate care and thoughtfulness.

What difference does a minor change in material, division of space or a door handle do to the experience of a room as a whole; which are those small gestures that show care and thoughtfulness?

 The project has explored details and small gestures in three categories: Division of space, Materiality & Elements, partially though case studies of renowned buildings from architects such as Alvar Aalto, Josef Frank and Sigurd Lewerentz, as well as though the proposal of a redesign of the courthouse of Katrineholm, into a Municipal Archive. The redesign tested small gestures in relationship the room as a whole, to each other and to its surroundings. 

“We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street” - Alvar Aalto

Abstract [sv]

Detta examensarbete ämnar utforska vikten av detaljer och små gester inom arkitekturen.

Oavsett om det handlar om en teknisk detalj, ett val av material eller en lampa, har de små gesterna inom arkitekturen inflytande på hur vi upplever rum. Det är min övertygelse att de små detaljerna gör en stor skillnad på hur vi upplever vår vardag och att de uttrycker en omtanke för vår omgivning.

Vilka detaljer gör mest skillnad för upplevelsen av ett rum och vilka är då dessa små gester som uttycker omtanke och värdighet?

Projektet har undersökt detaljer i tre kategorier: Division of space, Materiality och Elements (Rumsindelning, Materialitet & Objekt), dels genom studier av kända byggnader från arkitekterna Alvar Aalto, Josef Frank och sigurd Lewerentz, och dels genom att rita ett förslag på en ombyggnad av Tingshuset i Katrineholm till kommunarkiv. Ombyggnaden har testat olika små gester, som till exempel bord, stenläggningar och dörrhandtag, deras förhållande till varandra och byggnaden som helhet. 

“We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street” - Alvar Aalto

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 111 p.
Keyword [en]
Architecture, Details, Josef Frank, Sigurd Lewerentz, Alvar Aalto, Tingshus, Refurbishment, Katrineholm, Human Scale
Keyword [sv]
Arkitektur, detaljer, Josef Frank, Sigurd Lewerentz, Alvar Aalto, Tingshus, Ombyggnad, Katrineholm, Mänsklig skala
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-180015DiVA: diva2:891257
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Architecture
Educational program
Master of Architecture - Architecture
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Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-01-06 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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