Pablo Gil Martínez. Animals, religious experience and architecture: an architecture influenced by the numinous attributes of animals. Pentalfa, Oviedo 2020. 587 pp.
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The connection between animals, religion and architecture is so important that might explain how architecture happened to exist and also how sacred architecture- the architecture of the temples, evolved.
The starting point of a six years long investigation in the form of a PhD through writing and design, was the curiosity of finding animal depictions in religious architectural contexts, such as in Mayan or Egyptian temples, in Paleolithic caves of Christian temples. But also in finding out the only plausible explanation in the book by the Spanish Philosopher Gustavo Bueno El animal divino.
Inspired by this investigation I have noticed that my design output, whether in drawings, installations or buildings, has become, in my view, expressive of potency, seriousness, magic, tension, force, contrast and elevation. These characteristics are somewhat under attack in contemporary architectural discourse, as if they were not as relevant to humans as other topics. I hope that these projects also contribute to regain what I consider important aspects of human experience that can be delivered by architecture.