It has been a while now that we’re talking and analyzing about what is ‘Erotic architecture’. But I think there’s no one can define what is it yet, since its very particular, individual and different up to people. For me erotic is similar with romantic but more of passion and desire feeling. In terms of architecture I think it must gives people feeling of seduction or fascination to come closer and get lost in your imagination that created from what you senses, not just seduce or imagine but also something mysterious and curious.
Baroque begun in late 16th century in Italy, Its express the wealth, emotions and power of the Catholic church. The style is about complicated shapes, large curved forms, opulent use of color and ornaments. Facades were acting as the mediation between internal and external spaces. For example Sant’Andrea al Quirinale church in Rome (1658-1671) where the interior- exterior are linked by the colonnade and projecting porch. As well as dramatic architectural elements on the facade that seducing people to come inside, like San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (1638-1641) façade. It is curved, concaved surfaces and full of ornaments. For the interior Baroque made people curious and fancy by using illusory effects like Trompe l’oeil to blending the paintings and architecture. The dramatic use of light also gives romantic and mysterious feeling.
By all of these features I think Baroque is a good way to express the erotic feeling through architecture since everything in the building can made people lost and be infatuated. Every details of the Baroque church made us stop and slowly looking through the sculptures, think and imagine through the paintings and unconsciously we experiencing and absorbing it. This became the interaction of architecture and human, spaces become alive, people start to understand and touch the true meaning of the building, without knowing …two things are connected.