The hierophany of being

The hierophany of being

Throughout time we have known stories and myths of ancient civilizations, in which something common is to seek to build a bridge, which allows us to have a dialogue with what is beyond us; the verticality of the trees, the sacred mountain, the vertical dissolution of the wall, the tall buildings that seek to endow the space that man builds to have a dialogue with the gods with sacredness.

Could it be that our architecture was evolving, to stop having a dialogue with the gods, to be able to have one with ourselves? Man gave himself permission through God to give himself the identity he wanted, he became the symbolic unit for architecture, the aspiration to transcendence, seeking to convey emotions with his work, to move whoever observed ; be that transit threshold, the guiding axis of our reality.

When every being exists, it creates its own space, its own sacredness. Being now the man who allows himself to give his own identity by free will. To what does modern man give sacredness in his constructions?

Modern man is distracted looking for sacredness in the wrong spaces, without realizing that he only wanders in pre-built spaces, a concrete nest that separates and isolates us from reality. The non-place of modern man represents the relationship that we are experiencing with the environment, a detachment towards the natural, due to the continuous need to satisfy the human ego.

Is it the comfort that we have created as a society that has kept us wandering in the no-place?

The house as the cosmos, at the moment in which we cosmize, sacralize to be, the owners of our own reality, seeking our own verticality represented by built spaces that allow us to pass through different passages, the axis mundi, the axis between the sacred and the profane, but which is not tangible to man until it is built, and in doing so, we become the synapse of spatial connections.

The tree and the human share the same verticality, we have roots, the permanence of being, those of us who inhabit spaces are permanently upright, the body has its own perception, which generates an emotion in us to continue moving on this traveling planet.

A person of action is a weaver of words, while an architect is a weaver of spaces. To enter a myth you only have to imagine, and to enter architecture you only have to feel; Let ourselves be guided by the conception of sacredness that we ourselves give it, without having to enter into the dialogue of the religious man. We are always feeling something, but we detect it until we pass through a threshold of perception.

Architecture seeks to express spiritual transparency, without speaking of its own spirituality. It frames moments of time, in which as individuals, they have existed through the memories that a place causes us to generate. We can learn to find pleasure in the casual, to look "good" in order to create connections that transcend, that we trans-feel.

A simple gesture like a photo, a painting on the wall, a tree that welcomes us into space, even a scent, completely changes the interaction between our unconscious and architecture. Unlike what it would be like to enter a completely white room, in which there are no windows, a mechanically configured space that does not give a sense of temporality, does not allow us to connect, like what it would be like to enter a casino or a shopping center. Spaces that isolate us from reality.

Architecture allows itself to be completed by personal imagination, in order to be experienced from different angles, it is the language of perception that creates the reality we live in. We are the living essay of architecture, the individual vision of the representation of a collective reality. Our experience is guided by the ability to create a memory of the place we visit, it is what keeps the essence of a place alive, our ability to interact with it.

I think that in the constant search for immortality, we have climbed this vertical without realizing that at some point we can fall, not seeing that we are part of the axis mundi and not owners of this synapse. We can begin to question that the civilization of the wild man through love will be what will give us consciousness to find the transcendence that we seek so much.