How does architecture affect people?

How do different types of architecture affect peoples personalities, emotions, mental and physical health?

“In ALL I CAN SEE, the beautiful fragile butterfly experienced different feelings in different environments, and was influenced by each environment. When the butterfly flew over the orange and black land which was like a maze, she felt lonely and confused and she started to cry. In real life, research has shown a similar correlation between people’s experience in different building environments: buildings can greatly influence people’s moods, attitudes, and life styles.

Environment impacts the state of people’s mind and mood. The structure and layout of buildings has a profound impact on people. Building space has a specific impact on people’s life. What kind of living space will form the corresponding way of life. For example, one child grew up in a poor environment where space is small and there is no privacy, and the other child grew up in a beautiful environment with perfect functions and comfortable personal space. These two children will be different not only in their psychological health but also in their physical health.

Buildings change the relationship among people. In rural areas, buildings are closer. There is usually an open space for people to communicate and play together. Neighbors know each other. But in the city, buildings are independent units. The relationship among the neighbors is changed. People rarely communicate with neighbors and become indifferent.

The aesthetic elements of a building can also influence people. Among those are the amount of natural light, natural ventilation and the application of color. Natural light and natural ventilation bring people the breath of life in nature. The full use of natural light in reading and work environment can avoid the depression and claustrophobia caused by artificial illumination. Natural ventilation makes people being in nature and makes people feel fresh and pleasant. Many people claim that they work more efficiently and in a better mood when they are working in a building which has plenty of natural light and good natural ventilation. The application of color inside and outside the building has many features, such as showing atmosphere, decorating, distinguishing and displaying cultural significance. It has influence on people’s life.

The buildings in different cities have different styles of architecture. No matter what the style of architecture is, people’s lives are influenced by the style. For example, the buildings in Hong Kong are very tall and closer to each other, people there have fast pace of life and feel under great pressure. The buildings in New York City are similar to those in Hong Kong. In New York City, there are a lot of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. Living in this kind of environment can be depressing. However, the buildings in San Francisco are totally different. Buildings are not very tall and they are far from each other. There is much space or distance between buildings. Living in San Francisco, people feel more relaxed and study and work at a slower pace.

Similarly to the beautiful fragile butterfly in the mazelike architecture, I find that the architecture of the city I am in effects my thinking and feelings. Does the architecture of your environment have any effect on you?” – Tina Gong, 2011.


This is a text I found online whilst researching the ways that different building can affect people in their daily life. I found this piece of writing interesting because of how much Gong thinks the architecture surrounding us affects our personalities. After studying the text I agree with what has been said,”buildings in Hong Kong are very tall and closer to each other, people there have fast pace of life and feel under great pressure.” For me this quote from the text demonstrates clearly and simply the way buildings affect our lives, growing up in the country, my life has always been simple, with small building and a town that is spread out, I grew up in a relaxed atmosphere. Now living in Kent, I travel to London a lot, and the atmosphere changes as soon as I get off the train. Everyone seems tense and always in a rush, I find myself rushing around even when it’s not necessary. The large, enclosing buildings of the London skyline create added pressure, and are intimidating to look at. This comparison to my home town helps me understand the points that Gong is making in the text. Large and overpowering building cause extra stress and increase tension in the body. This is something I will take into consideration when looking at the emotions attached to different architecture.


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