Windows are commonplace everyday structures that still draw attention and create interest. Many, many architects and craftsmen, from Le Corbusier to Louis Comfort Tiffany, have designed windows which are interesting and beautiful. Windows let sunlight and warmth into a structure. They let the person within see outside. They form a protective barrier and provide ventilation. All of these attributes improve one's view of the world or personal comfort. And I have always been infatuated with windows. This week's book-of-the-week, an addition to the earlier books-of-the-week Old House and Attic, is titled Window.
|Window attached to the box for the books Old House and Attic|
|inside the gusset pocket...|
|a window pocket and Window the book|
|opened up as an accordion book...|
|opened... the view from the fore-edge|
But looked at individually, the pages of Window are clearly about the windows themselves. Eleven pages of windows from all over the world are depicted. In buildings from historic eras to modern times... public, private, or communal... religious or secular... the windows not only let in the outside, but let us see in. These are a few of the stars of Window.
|Cathedral de Notre Dame, Paris France|
|a chinese alleyway...|
|Musee des Beaux Arts in Angers, France|
|through a temple gate...|
|ruins of Bluebeard's castle, 1025AD France...|
|a Buddhist monastery in the Taiwanese mountains|
|sleek skyscraper and Taipei 101...|
|...kitchen window in Pittsburgh|
Once the book has been viewed and the windows have brought to mind your own favorite windows, the little book can serve as a play toy.. moving the accordion body into a variety of lovely geometric shapes..
|....opened like a flower|
... and creating still lifes...
|A daisy growing outside your window?|
|Charlemagne gets the book|
|Charlemagne eats the book|
Windows are architectural elements which add immeasurable quality to buildings by letting the outside enter the interior of a structure, and thus forming a connection between nature and man. Regardless of the age of a building, this enlightenment can never be too small.
|the back cover: Taipei 101...in 2007 world's tallest building and almost ALL windows|