Opposition ~ The Seasons
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...
All are oppositions that affect our creations built on earth.
Through climate and seasonal fluctuations, architects are able to further
embellish or slightly restrict designs based on the appropriate
environmental conditions. For example, bungalows are not built on the
lovely lakes of Minnesota, rather they are constructed for warm climate
areas usually on beautiful coastal beaches or in the depth of tropical
On the opposite spectrum, a chalet in the mountains provides
warmth and security from the cold-yet magnificent view-of alpine
The seasons, more specifically are conducive to building shelter with all
areas in mind. Minnesota is blessed with all four seasons, creating design
oppositions that will lead to comfort with all of the temperatures and
weather conditions that are incorporated into each season. Thus, the
structures in the area are equipped with sturdy siding, insulation, heating
and cooling systems, an usually porches--some being 4-season porches.
Resolutions to oppositions such as the seasons could possibly be to let the
seasons sculpt the form of the structure or provide within the form
adequate responses. Such resolutions will further expel our dependency on
our climate, allowing us to flourish within structures that are able to
withstand, but not force against, the oppositions that are present.