Architectural philosophy and psychology

Philosophy, spirituality and role the senses in architecture

Philosophy of architecture by David Leslie


The goal is to design projects with local well-appointed, comfortable, practical, where we feel a connection with space. The focus on functionality spaces while creating an environment with a rich human experience and quality in relation to the way of life.

Excellence is a meticulous design in every detail. In a careful construction it is the details that distinguish a project and raise it to a higher level of success.

Our job is to maintain the status quo but to help advance society. Respect for the ecological environment, and human visual ensure the betterment of our community.

We need to coordinate the three elements that make up a building envelope, structure and divisions, electrical and mechanical services, and content such as finishes and furnishings.



The architecture shapes our built environment and contributes to the advancement of our society. The architecture is a combination of art and science that must respond to human and social needs. It must be attentive to the level of functioning and respect the social, political and economic and seek to meet the human values.

Architecture is the art of building a building aesthetic, comfortable, functional, efficient and healthy life without neglecting the human and environmental factors. The architecture will be like to create for a human living environment that provides pleasure and enjoyment. By arranging the spaces so that they fulfill their function smoothly, users are respected and encouraged to achieve the planned activities while feeling good use of space.

The quality of interior spaces that we construct is related to the care we give to the flexibility of facilities, treatment of surfaces, the brightness, the adequacy of the size and elegance of proportion, scale human forms with the simplicity, clarity and rationality of its organization, its coherence, its harmony, unity, care of details, its scheduling, the harmonization of functions, the integration site, its readability, and more. The plans are practical, effective and honest expression in the aesthetic of a building, each form has a purpose and each element has a specific purpose.

Integration site

The design is considered in its entirety, which involves the integration site, the link with nature and the interplay between interior and exterior spaces. There is a philosophical harmony and continuity between the interior, exterior and landscaping. Together and complement the building and land interact as in a dialogue, like a rock that fits naturally in its environment.

For the harmonious integration of the building with the place, there was the study of solar and wind direction, vegetation, slopes, access, views and other features in order to achieve that this integration is positive with the natural environment but do not dominate.

World built

The construction of a building for today but we also need to tomorrow. We must be pragmatic and look for a versatile spaces to fit well to changes. The world is built our material culture and helps shape our identity and our heritage.

Identity of a building

Represents a building ideas, philosophies that give the identity of the project and said its priorities and deliver a message that represents a commitment to permanence, stable values, principles, social, cultural and environmental forth in the company where he fits.

Each building must have its own identity, a result of its origins and the circumstances he was born, he just needs to fill. According to David Leslie (profile in French), its purpose only lead to an original architectural solution.

The goal is to make a project by offering warm and friendly spaces and interior volumes of diverse causing pleasurable feelings and a variety of perceptions at the mercy of travel. It seeks to create an elegant interior by shape, color, brightness, surface textures, attention to detail and harmony of the materials used inside with those outside.

Spaces of a building have an interest from different angles to allow manipulation of views and offer a variety of sensations.

Design principles

A building is anchored to the ground, not above but built solidly supported the land that is its foundation. Being planted and rooted, the building grows naturally from the ground. It is surrounded by vegetation to soften and make the connection between the vertical walls and horizontality of the ground. People approach the building at ground level and this is where there is more interaction. The entrance create a sense of arrival, anticipation and Transition in interior spaces.

The body of the building will take its three-dimensional character, its proportions, its scale, its volume by its shape, width, height, the game of its openings such as doors and windows, its terrain and shading their game, by textures and colors of materials.

A project to facilitate the reading of situations by visual ergonomics of color and lighting.

The design includes vocabulary sequence, rhythm, tension, lighting and shading, the game of heights, the hierarchy of spaces of quiet private assets and the public, the play of contrasts such as voids and solids, light and dark, the rough and the smooth, sweet and strong, subtle and striking, and so on.


Environmental psychology

A building is home to human beings with many needs and we must be concerned first and foremost for their health, comfort and safety. The living areas are designed to ensure the comfort of their occupants, but also to provide pleasant sensations to intellectual, emotional and aesthetic. The design of the building must achieve a level of sophistication as it may consider not only the physical well-being of humans but also of its psychological and sociological dimensions.

Role of the senses

The achievements of man are captured as a result of a succession of sensations. Our physical senses let in the outside world to be interpreted.

The subtleties feed our senses and build our overall perception. Analysis of the spatial qualities of the building includes the following: size, shape, color, texture, light, sound, smell, temperature, motion and human activity. It is with these considerations that a design will appeal to the whole person. The goal is to create a positive awakening all the senses, for it is through them that we perceive the whole space. Taking into account all the sensations, a realization is expressed with much more strength, meaning and coherence.

The spatial compositions are equipped with emotional power. This emotional charge gives more expression to the physical realities.

Spaces can further meet the expectations, needs, desires and provide a source of satisfaction, joy and inspiration.


The lighting is a powerful and has a significant influence on the space and people. The design and manipulation of light are made primarily to meet the physical needs but also for psychological effects. Artificial lighting should be to create a warm inviting atmosphere and appropriate to the physiological and psychological needs.

Natural light is the best and the window layout that promotes healthy lighting that evokes a feeling of well-being, freshness and purity. Sunlight varies in intensity, angle and color with the seasons of the year, times of day and weather conditions. In its variations, it offers light living. The quantity, size and height of windows let in lots of natural light and offer a great view outside.



We can not have higher goals than promoting human potential, self-discovery, the desire to reason, create and appreciate beauty, and to support its values, its goals, its dignity, its joys the sharing and sense of harmony with oneself and thus with his fellow citizens.

Building a friendly and rich in the quality of human experience raises emotions of well-being. The architecture must address not only the emotion and intellect in order to experience a good feeling while walking in space.

To learn more about David Leslie’s works, see his residential architectural realisations (French).

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