Monday, July 19, 2010

Buildings in Ginza (Sealed Boxes vs. Fully Ventilated)

Modern buildings can look interesting from outside - slick, polished-looking boxes sitting neatly reaching skyward.  Being able to see out is definitely nice, but when you can't upon the windows, it's kind of like being in a fishbowl.

This strangely shaped (built around other buildings) structure is to be a furniture showroom I hear... which is why there seem to be few windows I guess.  Sunlight isn't good for furniture and why put in windows if you don't need them(?)...?

And here is the 1932 Okuno Building, built with every single window open-able - and it shows.  The building looks more like a living, breathing thing.
Can't we get back to building structures that are comfortable to be in, that allow for air flow and don't require people to be like goldfish in someone's fish bowl?

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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