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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Calm Effect of Curves

Oshin Vartanian, psychologist and leader of the research team that conducted a study about the impact of contours in architecture, says, "We prefer curves because they signal lack of threat, i.e. safety."

In short, curves calm us.

The Foundation Architects uses curves often to create a calming environment—especially in dental offices, which may have the reputation of being intimidating environments where patients are naturally experiencing anxiety. Curved walls can serve as paths that guide guests.

Like in our project with client, Siverson Dental Care: the curved walls pictured guide the visitor from the entrance into the seating area. The cues may be subtle, but they are soothing.

Note the reception desk in the office of Paul E. Berg, DDS:

Curved lines contain the space without being intimidating to guests.

Our exclusive design concept for Neiman Marcus Spa mimics the circling design of a seashell to create a cool, relaxing environment as clients move through the various offerings:

Curves can have the same effect within residential spaces. Note how the curved colonnade defines the central axis through this home, connecting the front entrance to the back deck to create a clean, clear and welcoming passage through the family’s home.

“Humans Prefer Curved Visual Object,” Psychological Science. August 2006, vol. 17 no. 8.
 “Impact of Contour on Aesthetic Judgments and Approach-Avoidance Decisions in Architecture,” PNAS. June 10, 2013.

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