Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Purposes of Slitty Windows

Viewing a new house…
Pablo: It’s going to be part art gallery.

Fred: So that’s why it has no windows?

Pablo: Just so. Except for little slits to let in a little light.

Fred: Shy paintings?

Pablo: To protect their delicacy.

Fred: I saw a museum recently with slitty windows.

Pablo: To protect the art?

Fred: Actually it was a military museum. The slitty windows were a motif for gun slits.
Architects sometimes draw inspiration from nature or culture.
An aquarium might be designed as a round shape, like a seashell.
Or a military museum might recall a gun turret. 

As in the Waiouru Military Museum...


rolenzo said...

When people try to imagine a gallery that they haven't seen, one crux question is, "how much wall?"
Windows might be kept minimal for the simple reason that you can't hang a picture on a window...

Barry Natusch said...

A couple of weeks ago I was facing the task of turning an airy atrium looking onto an estuary into a gallery for 30 or 40 paintings. You are quite right, it is difficult to hang a picture on a window. Mainly because the glass breaks when you try to hammer in a nail, but also because light floods in around the frame and you have to squint hard to see the picture. But there's also the requirement of hanging watercolors in a dim room so they won't fade as quickly. The compromise was to hang curtains, which rather restricted peeps of the estuary.

rolenzo said...

Today I was at Gallery SU in Azabujuu
It's an apartment in an old wood house with big windows and gorgeous light - and I wondered was that such a good thing overall... or was I just dim?

Barry Natusch said...

This is quaint. With a Kapital K.
A galley in rooms that coexist with other rooms.
Especially like the physical entrance and the digital entrance. F2F and CMC!