A story of three: a narrative approach to reading atmosphere and making place
A story of three: a narrative approach to reading atmosphere and making place


  • Klaske Havik TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Kristen Van Haeren TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment





This article explores a site-specific, narrative approach to placemaking in order to reveal ways of reading and reacting to spatial atmospheres. The contribution presents an MSc Architecture project that results in the design of three particular places on the fringes of the Dutch urban landscape by means of utilizing a narrative approach to reading and analysing the existing site-specific atmospheres. The three architectural follies designed within the landscape present opportunities for the insertion of narrative through experience, illuminating the contents within the existing context. The intention of the project was to explore how an architectural installation could serve as a locus for the generation of new trajectories of perception and understanding. Through a sequencing of events within each landscape folly, the existing site is revealed to the reader in a new way, establishing new circumstances to engage with the landscape. The implementation of narrative within the processes of placemaking allowed for the overlay of subjective interpretations through personal experience, creating spaces saturated with personal signification and interpretation. The three projects demonstrate the necessity of freedom of imagination and interpretation in placemaking and how a narrative approach to design can allow one to be fully involved in the creation of personal and particular place.

How to Cite

Havik, K., & Van Haeren, K. (2016). A story of three: a narrative approach to reading atmosphere and making place. SPOOL, 3(2), 5–24. https://doi.org/10.7480/spool.2016.2.1137




Author Biography

Klaske Havik, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Klaske Havik (1975) is architect en schrijver. Ze publiceert regelmatig in vaktijdschriften in Nederland en Scandinavië. Ze is redacteur van OASE. Momenteel geeft ze als universitair docent Architectuur aan de TU Delft de afstudeerstudio ‘Public Realm’, en werkcolleges in de theorie en literatuur van architectuur. Binnen de onderzoeksgroep ‘Public Realm’ was ze co-redacteur voor de anthologie Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (2009). Voor haar proefschrift ontwikkelt ze een literaire benadering van architectuur en stedelijke ontwikkeling.


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