S A F E H A R B O U R — part 2. — just like every bird needs a nest, and every ship need a harbour, I believe every person needs a home.
Sometimes it takes leaving home and going on a journey to realise just how important a physical place of home is, but it also makes one question “where is home?” + “what is home for me?” —
In 2004, as I continued on my sabbatical travels through Bosnia, Italy and Europe, this question was always on the forefront of my mind. While my country of birth would always be my “home”, it was the strangest feeling to arrive in a little European village (that I’d never been to before) yet still feel a sense of “home”. —
This sense of “home” appeared in the warmth of a person, or dinner around a table, a familiar scent of coffee or bread, or the voice of a loved on on the other end of the phone — and only sometimes in the four walls that surrounded me. — As an architect this fascinates me- in as much as I desire to design a beautiful space or interior, my greater purpose is to connect this very personal (and often intangible) sense of home and into a physical / spatial reality for another person / family, so that when they step into a new space they can say “this is us, this is home” ....
•Own drawing by @tan_l_dw