19.11F?It's Autumn Now: The good season has come.


Every building has windows normally, but during the designing process, the details of those windows are not easily decided. Speaking accurately, "to fix windows" is the essence of design, and it makes up almost all of design work.

Windows. On which wall are they? How big are they? Openable or not? See-through or opaque?

It can be said that they are one kind of device to get light and wind or to enjoy viewing the scenery; but before any of that, they are about creating relationships in the space of architecture, communicating whether it is open or closed, about continuity of exterior and interior, if each space of the interior makes a contribution to a sequence or not, and so on. That is to say, window placement is the fundamental essence of "how to think about architecture" and "how to determine the architecture.” And yet, unfortunately, we cannot meet such architecture often.

It might depend on the building’s category. In an office, for example, quite a big space is required in its interior. Flat lighting, and “screen” windows which have a big size, require a solution via environmental research, more than space construction.
But houses are different. To connect the exterior and interior, or to open or close interior spaces, indeed, windows are the biggest issue directly related to space composition.
It's like a battle with a stomachache.

Sun, wind, temperature, humidity. Even the surroundings of the buildings are slightly different at each site, and the solution for each has contradictions sometimes. No two buildings stand in the exact same conditions. We designers have to act with consideration for this, I think.