Sunday, 30 January 2011


Have you ever considered the fact that architects and builders are the creators of artificial horizons? That's the thought I was reminded of when I took this picture while walking to work on Friday. Wikipedia has a short and nice explanation of the phenomenon of the horizon

"The horizon is the apparent line that separates earth from sky, the line that divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth's surface, and those that do not. At many locations, the true horizon is obscured by trees, buildings, mountains, etc., and the resulting intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon." 

So, even in a city like Bergen, where we are surrounded by tall hills and mountains, most of the horizon we see around us is man-made, which means that we as architects have the possibility of either creating boring and hard horizons, or to make something else, like in this photo. 

I think architects owe it to the people using the environments we create, to make artificial horizons that are as beautiful, complex and close to a natural horizon as possible.

1 comment:

  1. nice post. and this you write, is actually an excellent reason to draw sections, sections, sections, sections :)


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