December 2013

The Blind Window ///

 

The primary function of a window is to visually connect interior and exterior environments, but windows are also a point of transmission for many other conditions. Windows permit light, heat, and, if open, breezes, smells, and sounds, among others. What if the passage of one or more elements were disassociated from the penetration of light? How might an opaque aperture transmit select conditions through a distinct area of wall? What is the value of communicating a non-visual condition from outside to inside, or vice versa? What happens when a window becomes blind?

 

Participants are asked to design a window that does not let light penetrate through it.  Submissions may be technical, conceptual, practical, and/or artistic.

 

 

JURORS ///

 

Chris Daniells

Brighton, East Sussex, England

BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture

Firm: Chris Blandford Associates

 

Jonathan Saccoccio, AIA

West Dover, Vermont, United States

B.Arch, Temple University

Firm: Workshop 48

 

William Su

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States B.Arch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Firm: Arrowstreet

 

RESULTS ///

 

ENTRIES ///

 

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2
3
T9
EC

Nick Paley

Manchester, United Kingdom

 

Thierry Lye

Paris, France

 

Wesley Verhoeven

Lisse, The Netherlands

 

Timothy Yiu (Editor's Choice)

Piscataway, New Jersey, United States 

 

Kim de Regt

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Dinesh Ashok Lohar

Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 

Eric Wang

Pasadena, California, United States

 

Jacob Pfahl

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 

Twana Gul

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

27

ENTRIES

 

 

 

Africa

 

Asia

 

Europe

 

N. America

 

S. America

 

Oceana

Nick Paley

Manchester, United Kingdom

 

1st Place

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Wonderfully cheeky, very clean graphics."

 

"Our society doesn't have the ability to look beyond a window. We happily accept any projected information."

Thierry Lye

Paris, France

 

2nd Place

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"One of the better entries for its visual qualities. As with some of the other entries, this one picks up on ideas of visual breaks and barriers among the internet but also confronts modern societal issues and how a resolution can be found through the prescription of a blind window."

Wesley Verhoeven

Lisse, The Netherlands

 

3rd Place

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"The concept is unique, playful and is an idea that opens up many possibilities and opportunities for the restaurant market. Although we are already aware of restaurant chains such as Starbucks and Mcdonalds who pump their odours into the public realm, the initiative of smaller yet more quality outlets could be taken to remove the visceral display which can become repetitive or monotonous on our high streets."

Timothy Yiu

Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

 

Top 9
Editor's Choice

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

 

"Another high level of graphic quality. Although its not a realistic proposal in construction or technology, the notion is beautiful one that is appealing to myself as a landscape architect. To approach the sense of touch is important as it links well to the visually impaired and the use of braille."

Kim de Regt

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Top 9

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"I like that the window affects the interior spatially by bringing in the outside environment not only thru the tubular projections, but also through other senses."

Dinesh Ashok Lohar

Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 

Top 9

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"This entry is interesting because it is observational rather than a proposal, and it is beneficial to draw in on the qualities of structures that are produced in 'the third world' or less wealthy states where materials are more scarce and therefore higher levels of pioneering are involved."

Eric Wang

Pasadena, California, United States

 

Top 9

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"This scenario blocks what is typically a huge amount of public information. It prevents the transmission of relationships and gives power to those on the inside."

 

Top 9

Jacob Pfahl

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"The idea of an aural window is really interesting, I appreciate how different vibrations are created by controlling aperture sizes."

 

Top 9

Twana Gul

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"The window is so integral to the facade, that the inside and outside cannot have a relationship."

 

Andrea Perletti

Bergamo, Italy

 

Ganesan Muniyandi

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Özden Bayraktar

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Agata Murasko

London, United Kingdom

 

Chris Dove

Liverpool, United Kingdom

 

Richard Manoharan

Mysore, Karnataka, India

 

Alexandre Vicente

Osaka, Japan (From Portugal)

 

Miguel Macias

Franklin Park, Illinois, United States

 

Olesja Lami

Tirana, Albania

 

Joana Polonia

Porto, Portugal

 

Alireza Kabiri & Saeed Yazdi

Toronto, Canada

 

Mary George

East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

 

Athina Rizopoulou

Volos, Greece

 

Zhongyuan Pan

Adelaide, Australia

 

Arnulfo Ramirez

Seattle, Washington, United States

 

Amritha Karnakar & Dishita Turakhia (Architexture Buro)

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 

Elena Latonina

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Simina Cuc

Timisoara, Timis, Romania