A New Book Explores 25 of the World’s Most Sensuous Buildings
“The Touch” shows that great design is not just visually appealing—it engages all of the human senses.
A perfectly framed photo can provide a visual feast, but there’s so much more to architecture than meets the eye—and there’s no substitute for the immersive experience of visiting a place in person. In The Touch, Nathan Williams of Kinfolk and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects take us inside 25 richly detailed interiors that engage all five human senses—from a copper house set in a Mumbai mango grove to an 18th-century Milanese apartment stripped down to the essence of its plaster.
Through sumptuous photography, interviews, and essays, Williams and Bjerre-Poulsen show how each project illustrates one of the five elements of haptic human-centric design—light, nature, materiality, color, and community—and enhances quality of life for all who enter. Read on for a peek at five stunning spaces with excerpts from the book, which is now available for order through gestalten.