“And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.”…Arne Jacobsen
I love the view
Bright and airy. That’s what people say they want in a living and working space. The more windows the better. Great views, and lots of daylight certainly are the result of lots of big windows. But what are the other, perhaps unexpected results.
Balance is key
The balance of yin and yang is crucial in Feng Shui. Too much or too little of anything is out of balance. Too much light can lead to temperature control issues. Too much light can cause glare and lead to headaches and eye strain. The same holds true for doors as well, especially full glass doors. And leaky doors and windows create other kinds of issues. At night windows can become black holes.
You might have heard that it is not optimum to be able to see from the door directly to the other side of the building when there is another door/window in that position. This is because energy comes in one door and directly out the other side and never has the opportunity to benefit the occupants. So if you have doors and windows in opposition this is something to take care of. The bigger the opening the larger the chance for energy leakage.
What will you do
There are ways to lessen the effects. What would you do to solve this problem? Curtains… walls… bookcases…screens…smaller windows… And why are buildings being designed in a way that light and energy have trouble getting in?
©Diane Kern 2010