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Awake with Architecture

I like to think of the bedroom as a type of entrance into each and every day. No, I'm not referring to the door that might separate the bedroom from another space in the house. I'm talking about the bedroom space itself as viewed from where you slumber. That space is itself a doorway as much as any other access point to a building. You enter and exit your bedroom by opening and closing your eyes at the beginning and end of everyday. The room becomes a passageway between consciousness and unconsciousness. As you cast off overnight you effectively exit your room and enter another time and place. Whether you dream or just stay unconscious, you spend the entire night in another realm. Yes, your body may be in bed, but you don't know that while you're sleeping. In the middle of a dream you are where your dream tells you that you are. When you're body is rested and it's time to get up, you open your eyes and re-enter the room you exited the previous night. Your bedroom is the first thing you see when you awake; "the day's divinity". That sight should be something special.


I'm sure that any architect with imagination has made this comparison. I'm sure there's even published work out there by authors who have reckoned the same. Hell, I may have even read them in grad school. However, it is a song I heard many years ago called 'Awake' by Jim Morrison & The Doors that influences me now as an architect to think of the bedroom as an entrance into each and every day.


'Awake.

Shake dreams from your hair

My pretty child, my sweet one.


Choose the day, choose the sign of your day

The day's divinity

First thing you see...'




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