Do you have it? Very good! Watch your sketch. It is nice… I am sure. Have you drown it with any window? How are they? Are they small or big ones? Are they the main characters on the façade? There are so many texts about windows! There are books about how to build them, their elements and materials, their functions, etcetera, etcetera. But what I am interested in about is the size of windows.
What are they used for? On one hand we want ventilation and natural light in our houses and buildings. On the other hand, we want to see what is there outside, communicate visually with exterior. So I think the better option is projecting and building big windows… huge ones, in the whole façades! But we are not doing it. Why?
Traditionally in Spain, we have built small windows, especially in the interior of the country, where weather is colder. But if we travel to Holland ore other countries in the North of Europe, we can see huge windows. Sometimes the whole façade is on glass. Why haven’t we done the same? The first reason is economic. To build big and thermally efficient windows is more expensive. What’s more, in some regions of Spain we try to protect our houses from the sun. Also there is a question of privacy. With a big hole on the wall you can see the exterior world, but exterior world can see you too. And latter, because a security subject. We usually try to solve it with grilles or another system.
This introduction about windows in buildings is not strict nor technique. There is lots of biography about this subject. What I want to do is a small thought about what are windows used for and why are they big or small ones and, the most important… how are your windows? Not those of your house, but your own ones… how are your eyes are and how do you watch the world.
The first thing, how much light do arrive to you? Do you take all or do you have some shutters and curtains? Be careful because light is filter in them. What color are your glasses? If they are gray I support to you to change them. There are fabulous glasses in pink. With them you can watch life on that color. I usually wear glasses in transparent, to absorb all the light.
Do you often open your windows? To ventilate spaces. If you bring fresh air, you will feel better. If you don’t know how to do it, I explain to you. It’s very easy. You have just to open your eyes strongly and wait for the breeze. Just find it!
Sometimes we live so extremely situations and they are dazzling for our spirit. Let’s live and enjoy them! If situations are unpleasant, close a little your shutters. Not totally, it’s not good to scape from emotions. But have them with a small intensity.
What do you see through your windows? Please, say “beautiful landscapes”. If not, you haven’t enough opened you windows. Take curtains off and watch carefully: there are nice places everywhere. Find them and enjoy yourself. What people are there? If you don’t see them, install some sensors. There are lots of wonderful people and good moments by you. Have your windows opened to watch them.
If one day you feel tired or sad, you can close a little your shutters. Take a rest, have some time to recover, but just the necessary. When you become well, open your windows again and clean your glasses totally. Don’t stay quiet more of necessary.
And, to finish, what people see through your windows? I wish you say light, freshness, and happiness. If not, repair your windows. What is the best material to do it? Plastic, aluminum…? The best one is a big smile. With it you will have the most beautiful windows!! How are yours?