“Because no matter what you do, how little time you have, or how crazy you feel, it’s important to find the thing that takes you back to your happy place. It’s the reminder that whatever you’ve decided to do, it is all worth it. You’ll get through the tough times and know you are working to get to the real place that makes you happiest.”—Going Back To A Happy Place
This text addresses the concept of flow through its subject matter and also through its composition: it describes fluid architecture but also seeks to enact flow in passages of text that describe spatial experience as a continuous, fluent sequence. The analytical text that moves from one discussion of Western philosophies of flow, to a study of Oceanic spatial thought and practice, and finally to a close analysis of three built works by the author. The experiential text explores spatio-temporal shifts in the course of a single day in the house Tokatea. It is expressed in sense impression mode, a type of stream of consciousness writing, and seeks to evoke an experience of inhabitation and the temporal flow that is the living of the house:
Early morning, Tokatea, Coromandel Peninsula
• Morning mist hangs heavy on the sea different densities of fluid particles in suspension. The bulk of the headland to the east, with its sheltered bay, is shadowed, hazy. Liquid notes of tui sound, dampened by the weighty atmosphere. The sun, haloed, focuses as the mist burns off. Diurnal rhythms begin; runners’ footsteps echo from the road beneath; the powerful speedboat sounds in the tight bay below, tracking its way out slowly from its mooring, then tracing a flow line into the smooth surface of the open sea.
In the house, blinds roll up, louvre walls open, fresh morning air flooding in; sliding doors move, under pressure, in fluid channels; the recessed concrete bath fills with stored rainwater, bathroom misting as hot liquid air encounters cooler zones. The enclosing strand-board wall of the bed-bath zone folds as a large panel pivots, opening the channel to the main vessel; lines of movement generate around and along the central island kitchen as drawers slide open, plates and cutlery are laid on the island table, vessels of liquid pool and circle on the stove, and the kettle steams, releasing fluid particles into the morning-cool atmosphere. Sliding panels to the outdoor room are opened, forming space-in-between.
Flow in spaces. Architecture and Interior Design work together and give us a life worth experiencing. Movements of different courses in harmony, custom to our lifestyle. So the next time you ask, this is what my thesis is all about.
Ballantyne, A., & Smith, C.L. (2012). Early morning, Tokatea, Coromandel Peninsula. Architecture in the Space of Flows, pp. 65-66.
1. Time matters. You should let the dough rest overnight, but a 36-hour rest is prime. That gives the dry ingredients time to fully soak up the eggs, creating a dough that’s exceptionally dry.
2. Size matters. You’ll be measuring the dough in a 1/3 measuring cup to create cookies that are about 5″ so you can enjoy all the different textures. The outside edge will be golden brown and crisp, the center will be light and soft and chewy, and between the two you’ll find a ring where those textures intertwine.
3. Salt matters. Just before you slide your dough into the oven, add a sprinkle of sea salt. That small touch will add an unexpected complexity and a little bite to a simple sweet. And if you forget the salt on a tray of these cookies, you will know. Trust me.
From all of the chefs’ suggestions and his own research, Leite adapted Jacques Torres’ classic chocolate chip cookie recipe and created what’s known as the “New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie.” The recipe is dead simple and takes little “active” time, but the results are so predictably perfect, I’ve given away tins as gifts.
If you bookmarked the NYT Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe last year and still haven’t gotten around to it, think of a friend who could use a pick-me-up and give them a try. You will feel like all things perfect are born of your fingertips.
P.S. The recipe calls for fèves (oval-shaped pieces of chocolate), because they melt easily. I’ve had the best luck with the Guittard 61% Cacao Semisweet Chocolatewafers available at gourmet groceries, but in a pinch, high-quality chocolate chips will work.
My roomie (a.k.a my older sister, Nicola) and I are finally getting to the finishing touches of our room. We’re starting off with hanging up our frames, posters, mirrors, trinkets, wall clocks and other possible wall art. Still contemplating on how to arrange everything though… as well as what other ways we can add to the wall art - paint? shelves? ledges? flowers? plants boxes? So many possiblities await us! :D