A threshold is the entrance to a building, or sometimes a transition from one space to another. It has this general meaning when we speak about architectural spaces.


edited 26 November, 2015 by Stuart Jones

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Associated Practices

The threshold is the point at which we move from one space, state, set of ideas, view, to another. Before we cross the threshold we are outside, after we cross we are inside (a different world). Usually, but not always, when we stand at the threshold we can see what we are entering.

Thresholds are important in Narrative Environment design, which often asks the audience to move from one world to another when moving from one space to another. Thresholds and threshold moments have to be carefully designed as they are so important to the succeeding experience. (see Reception Theory).

See also liminal spaces.

edited 4 September, 2018 by Stuart Jones