I wrote an earlier post with examples of innovative use of shelves in interior design. While searching for images, I came across this example:
photo by Stephani Buchman
This one, breaks a design rule for me. In architecture, a window corresponds to the concepts of visibility, lighting, ventilation and protection from the outside. It is a major component in creating the sense of in and out, while also joining the two. It gives you both the security of the wall while connecting you to the outside. The addition of shelves across the windows for storing objects interrupts this crucial architectural interplay between the inside and the outside. The window loses its fundamental concept and becomes superfluous.
I take architecture seriously. Making superfluous transformations conflicts with my understanding of the rightful presence of the building’s character! What do you think?