The sense of touch is very vital in providing the information about the texture, density, weight and temperature of the surroundings. A person can become a great sculptor, who can achieve success in mastering the sense of touch. “The hands of the sculptor are independent organisms of recognition and thought; the hands are the sculptor’s eyes” (Pallasmaa, 2012). The touch can also be helpful in revealing the history and the origin of the substance.
The touch with skin of hands can detect the temperature and touch with foot can reveal the density and the texture of the floor. “Standing barefoot on a smooth glacial rock by the sea at sunset, sensing the warmth of the sun-heated stone through one’s soles is extraordinarily healing; making one part of the eternal cycle of nature. One can sense the slow breathing of the earth” (Pallasmaa, 1996).
The sense of touch also works as the unconscious vision, which is helpful in creating the three dimensional picture of the material bodies (Pallasmaa, 2012). For the blind people, the sense of touch could be helpful in providing correct information in comparison to sound about the texture, mass and temperature of the place. The light of sun can be felt on skin light. In the same way, the light in the room can be felt if it is bright or dim (Hekkert, 2006). Thus light is very vital element to address the sense of touch in spatial exploration of architecture. The more components of the material could be felt by touch.
Scent or smell is essential in capturing memories. The nose helps to remember the memories and make eyes remember. For the people who are visually impaired, the sense of smell can help them to create awareness about their location. Odor can also be related to hunger. Smell of a dish in market or someone’s house can make a person remember about a dish which he or she might have tasted earlier. Only a small quantity of molecules is required to activate the impulse of smell and more than ten thousand scents can be smelled by humans. If a person smells a new perfume, he could probably remember that odor to buy it again. As it is not feasible to give names to all kinds of smells, thus spatial qualities are associated to recognize them. The most common smell expression often expressed by people is “this the hospital smell”. Same smell expression can be associated with the architectural space.