Par Raphael Boscarato, Jonathan Fraschini, Marianne Ghorayeb, Cedric Nim, Judith Mizutani, 09/11/15

    The window - an element of communication

    The window is a bay, an opening in a wall which defines a certain relation between two spaces. The question is what exactly are the details and elements of the window that defines said relation.


        Evolution of the element: from left to right prototype n°1 (1:20), prototype n°2 (1:10), final prototype (1:10)


                                            Study of the visibility depending on the type of window


    So as to underline the differences and connection that exist all around our element (between the two windows or the spaces, the emptiness surrounding them) we connected them at the top thus tracing the contour of a passage perpendicularly. We were inspired by Kahn and the empty column when we designed this compartment in the thickness of the window.


                                                                Monge of the element (1:10)


                                    Display of the element on the site with a prototype and a plaster (1:66)

The dimensions and proportions of our element derive directly to the study of the body proportions and those of our site (Boulevard de Sebastopol in Paris and Avenue Georgette in Lausanne). We also used some of Le Corbusier's studies (Le Modulor) to define the height of the "public" and "private" window.


                        Relation of the element with the body and the site through the proportions (1:1)


                                                               The window as a passage (1:1)

As we studied the window we found out that another element shared several common points with the window: the table. Indeed, it can be considered both as an obstacle between two spaces or people, or quite the opposite a connection.


                                        Study drawing of the disturbance caused by the element (1:10)


                                                    The window as a table and a spot of meeting (1:1)

Finally, more than a ponctual element, we designed the window in order to be able to associate it to the door and therefore completely alter the area defined by the hybrid.


                                                    Axonometry of the window associated to the door


                                    Different point of view of the element when associated with the door (1:1)


                                Different dispositions of the element when associated with the door (1:1)

    Throughout our study we came to the conclusion that the dimensions hold a major role in defining both the window and the relation between the adjacent spaces. As a matter of fact the width, thickness, height of the window completely changes the way each side of it is perceived from all point of views. 

We also got the chance to analyse the impact of the disposition of the window on the space created: different inclinations invite the passerby to look a certain way, to orientate his stroll.