Architecture, Light and Emotion: The Brennand Chapel by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, in Recife, Brazil

Sep 20, 2018

This research explores the relationship between natural light and matter in religious spaces and human emotional responses. In what ways are light and matter are interrelated in order to create these architectural atmospheres (conscious or otherwise)? Designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha between 2004 and 2006, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Conception, also known as the Brennand Chapel (Recife, Brazil), is a case for analyzing these atmospheres.

keywords: Natural Light, Neuroscience, Phenomenology, Architecture, Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Rafaela Paes de Andrade Arcoverde (Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE))
Fernando Diniz Moreira (Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE))
Presented at: 
2018 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA)

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