14. RISK & PERIL

PATTERNS

WELL-BEING BENEFITS

  • INCREASE Preference (1, 2)
ENVIRONMENTAL

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.                                                                             - Robert Frost

THE BASICS

An environment with Risk and Peril may feel dangerous or imply a threat, but has a reliable safeguard.  What Risk/Peril seeks is the thrill of an experience, coupled with awe.  Standing at the edge of a waterfall or on a mountain ledge both exhilarates and grows our appreciation of nature.  Similarly, standing at the tip of The Infinity Room of The House on the Rock, jutting 218 feet beyond the hill and 156 feet above the valley floor, or peering out over the waterfall at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, inspire similar feelings of thrill and awe. 

 

A study conducted by Ronald Rapee indicates that the difference between fear and Risk/Peril, is the perceived sense of threat and control (1).  Taking into consideration this perceived sense of threat and control, an interior environment may approach Risk/Peril quite differently.  A balcony or catwalk overlooking a space or a transparent railing may produce a feeling of thrill or awe on a smaller scale.

RISK & PERIL IDEAS:
Perceived sense of threat coupled with control:
  • Catwalk or balcony
  • Cantilever
  • Infinity edge
  • Floor to ceiling transparent facade
  • Transparent floor
  • Proximity to water
  • Safe access to predatory animals
  • Exploration of the unknown
Catwalk or Balcony
Cantilever
Transparent Floor
Proximity to Water
Exploration of the Unknown
 

CATWALK OR BALCONY

Jaipur, India
Jaipur, India

Amber Fort

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Wisconsin Historical Society Reading Room, UW-Madison

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Discovery Building, UW-Madison

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Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

One Pillar Pagoda

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Black Hills, South Dakota, USA
Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

Harney Peak

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All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

CANTILEVER

 
Spring Green, Wisconsin, USA
Spring Green, Wisconsin, USA

House on the Rock

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Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA
Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA

Falling Water

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All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

TRANSPARENT FLOOR

Seattle, Washington, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle Public Library

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Ireland
Ireland
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All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

PROXIMITY TO WATER

 
Paris, France
Paris, France

The Louvre

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Agra, India
Agra, India

Fatehpur Sikri

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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Pemaquid, Maine, USA
Pemaquid, Maine, USA

Pemaquid Point Light House

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Pemaquid, Maine, USA
Pemaquid, Maine, USA

Pemaquid Point Light House

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All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

EXPLORATION OF THE UNKNOWN

 

All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

Vermont, USA
Vermont, USA
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New Hampshire, USA
New Hampshire, USA

Franconia Notch State Park, The Flume

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South Dakota, USA
South Dakota, USA

Badlands National Park, Harney Peak

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Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam

Marble Mountain

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Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam

Marble Mountain

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA

Kohler-Andrae State Park

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