The notion of Sensation of Green was developed through a previous study ‘Learning from the Summer House’ investigating the unique architectural characteristics of the Danish summer houses. The idea of the concept is a mutual participation of nature in architecture meaning that landscape features become tools to design a built space.
The paper develops the concept further focusing on the scale of a single residential unit. The paper argues that the concept of Sensation of Green is flexible to adapt to urban environment. It explores the potential of Sensation of Green in the city.
The paper questions whether the Sensation of Green could introduce a new spectrum of greens, beside the real green. It develops the term of metaphysical green – does green have to be green or can it be only the Sensation of Green?
Three existing examples are agents to this discussion. The first example is a Danish summer house. The other two are international urban examples. While the summer house articulates the original meaning of Sensation of Green, the urban examples illustrate its urban context.
The first example is a tiny Danish summer house from 1918 . The second example is ‘House before House’ , in Tokyo. The third example is a prefabricated house ‘CHU’ .
The analysis evaluates the characteristics of diverse tones of green – from green image to green sensation. The analysis is based on the original definition of the concept defined during the summer house study.
Learning from these single residential units, the paper ends by questioning the potential of the concept of Sensation of Green concerning a larger urban typology.