Sensuous architecture: the art of erotic building

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Architecture comprises sensuous, even erotic elements. In this ground-breaking book the authors undertake the first-ever examination of this aspect of architecture. Having introduced us to the concept of sensuous architecture, the book presents us with a chronological analysis, starting with the summer residences on the Loire and in Germany, and continuing with discussions on English landscape garden and the Marquis de Sade's torture chambers, before coming full circle with immaterial: media architecture and cybersex. Sensuous Architecture: The Art of Erotic Building lends insights into the cultural history of the bathroom, the erotic symbolism of towers and grottoes in various cultures, and anthropomorphic architecture. Examples of particularly sensuous residential buildings are certain to provide architects and their clients with stimulating ideas.

In a chapter on present-day urban ambiences, the author argues that personal well-being and the general quality of life in our cities depend onarchitecture satisfying both the mind and the senses in equal measure. Painting, sculpture, and wrapping art, as well as the relationship between architecture and eroticism in film, are examined. The book concludes with plea for an architecture of the senses.

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