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Window Project

Vertical Moments of Light

For this project, we need to create 2 moments of light in our chosen window frame in the studio. I have an upper window near my desk and have found that it brings with it a few extra challenges that the lower windows don’t have.

For starters, the upper windows have the addition of the overhang of the roof line and the shadow from it and secondly, I have to get up on a desk to put my installation up there… which is a bit challenging considering I’m still wearing my brace.  🙂  In any event, I’m making it work for me.  We needed to use cardboard and no more then 2 other materials and we could not use any adhesive to keep the piece to the window. It needed to be able to stand on its own.

My original design for this window display was based on a picture I saw in the Feb. ’10 Architectural Digest.    This is the Opposite House, which is actually a hotel in Beijing.  I was facinated by the interior atrium (larger picture on page) which had these gold  colored stainless steel mesh drapings flowing down from the ceilings.  It is quite spectacular looking and I love the way the different light – both natural and man made – reflects off of it.  I decided against this design because of the spacial challenges I have explained above in reference to the exterior overhang.  the effect I would be looking for would not have been able to be acheived.

The second choice for a design I had was from a picture from the same Architectural Digest (Feb. 2010) of a light fixture in a NYC apartment.  I love the way light reflected off of it.  I purchased some assorted colored glass beads and started to sting them but It also was not giving me a desired effect.  From this design, I thought it would be cool to make little tunnels out of cardboard coming out of the window to direct the light onto my hanging beads.  When i attempted this, the light was not strong enough to travel through the tunnel and give the effect I was looking for.

I went through a few more design processes before I thought of a perspective drawing and how it would be cool to have the window to seem like it is farther then it actually is.  I started measuring and making models and drafts of it to see how the light at different times of the day would effect it.  and here is what I came up with in the end, shown in multiple views to see the effect of light to it.

this is at 12 midnight.

This is during studio time around 10am. Kathryn Frye is below mine, Katherine McCain is to my left and Anna Behrendt is bottom left. The four of us needed to figure out a way to connect ours – visually – in some way and we chose to use geometric shapes and lines.  We received a pretty good review overall and I am really happy in how we worked together to make it happen.


Lover of architectural history, family, building design, coffee and dogs.

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