Have you ever wondered how a hole (window) in the wall can be so important? Wouldn’t it be claustrophobic to be surrounded by walls from all sides without any opportunity to peep and feel the fresh air? Possibly, that is why designers came out with the concept of having windows.
Windows are not only small openings but they act as bridges that connect the inner cozy world of a household to the breezy natural beauty outside. Window designs have differed in size, shapes and pattern from time immemorial. They are the receptors of light, breeze, sound and novelty. Also, societal hierarchy was decided on the different types of windows found in the same building – from the servant’s room in the basement to the owner’s room situated high in the same building.
The following types of windows will tell you how the design of windows differs according to rituals, geography and needs:
- Mashrabiya – It is an Arabic style window, mostly found in places like Jerusulem. This lattice style pattern protects the room from the intensive sunlight that is prominent in the Middle East, at the same time allowing fresh air to enter.
- Desay Madu Jhya – known for its uniqueness, it is found in Nepal. It is a carved wooden structure. The design is such to depict the rituals and beliefs of the Nepalese people.
- Chinese Window in Lan Su Chinese Garden – This typical kind of window forms illusion of infinite space. The designs are inspired from nature.
- Igloo Window – Snow houses also need fresh air and sunlight, so a clear block of ice may serve as a window.
- Gothic Window – The Architecture of the gothic churches was designed in a way to accommodate maximum possible stained glass windows in the building. The illiterate could interpret the stories in the Bible through light using these windows.
- Tudor Windows – Until the 16th century glass was highly expensive and only the rich could afford it, so middle class people joined leaded window panes in a lattice form. This reflected a beautiful pattern that was cost effective.
- Eyebrow Windows – It dramatically increases the look of the house. It looks like a raised eyebrow, allows light and air to reach the upper floor without disrupting the overall look. This curvaceous window breaks the monotonous linear shape of any building.
- Steel Casement windows – Window designers had to keep it in mind that after jobs like maintenance and cleaning must be easy, thus steel casement windows were introduced by Andrew Hoffman Manufacturing Co in1923 and popularly came to be known as ‘The Window Women Want’.
- Insulux Glass Block Windows – Introduced in 1930s by the American Structural Products Co, this brilliant idea made people extremely content as they didn’t have to compromise their privacy and were able to brighten up their rooms with sunlight too.
- Asymmetrical windows– These were designed to break the tedium pattern of windows. The only thing that the designer needs to be concerned about is the light balance in the room. This could be an add-on to the owner’s personality and taste.